Written by Peter
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
What type of mind do you have? An intellectual mind? Optimist? Pessimist? Perhaps you consider yourself to be a big picture person or maybe a detailed person? Some of you may have a clear mind or chaotic mind. An anxious mind!
There are a multitude of ways to describe ones mind. But what kind of mind should we have as Christians? Well this passage in Philippians tells us. Paul says, “have this mind…”. What does the word this refer to though? It refers to the verses previous to verse 5 where Paul instructs us to put others first, that “in humility we should count others more significant than ourselves” (v4). In other words, we should have a mindset of humility and selflessness.
Paul doesn’t simply give us a list of instructions and say, “act this way and have this mindset.” He provides the perfect example of what this way of living looks like. He points us to Jesus. In every way, Jesus demonstrated humility. These verses remind us that though he was God, the King of King and Lord of Lord, he willingly died for us. He emptied himself, he became a servant and he died… for us! This is the kind of humility Jesus demonstrated. And this is the kind of mind that we are to have. One that drives us to put others first, so much so, that we would be willing to die for each other.
Do you have this kind mind?