“Have This Mind Among Yourselves”

May 3, 2020

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Philippians 2:3-8 says: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (ESV) In the midst of a deadly pandemic, or any life-threatening crisis, the natural tendency of human beings is to take care of themselves first and then maybe others. But if we’re truly new creatures in Christ, then others take on a much higher priority. When a crisis unfolds, we see the worst and best of people: hoarders and heroes; gougers and givers; tight-fisted stinginess juxtaposed with very generous acts of compassion and kindness. But when we look at Jesus’ cross, the suffering that took place there, it should change our whole perspective, especially how we respond to the needs of others. Jesus is ever our Quintessential Exemplar. And what is the greatest need of others? Jesus! He has granted us the privilege of sharing the Good News about Him to any and all who will listen. Let’s whole heartedly embrace that privilege!

Bible References

  • Philippians 2:1 - 11
  • 1 Corinthians 15:1 - 4
  • Acts 17:30 - 31
  • Hebrews 7:25 - 25