“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:5
In the 90’s there was a commercial that declared “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Its intent was to encourage the pursuit of higher education. A politician later misquoted this saying resulting in the statement, “a mind is a terrible thing to lose.” That politician was not re-elected. Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, however, gives wise council on the best use of one’s mind. He instructs believers to have the same mind as Christ. In other words, they are to lose their mind and replace it with His. This would result in victorious living. How does the believer obtain the mind of Christ?
To have a mind of Christ, the believer must be willing to forego their current position and plans for the purpose God has designed for their life. Christ willingly joined God in His plan of salvation for mankind. (Eph. 1: 4-6) To have the mind of Christ requires trust in Him and belief that all things work together for good to those called according to His purpose (Rom. 8: 28).
Believers who desire to have the mind of Christ are humble. They seek “no personal reputation” (Phil. 2:6-8). Christ voluntarily set aside His privileges (“being in the form of God”) and accepted a lower status (“took on the form of a bondservant and made in the likeness of man”). Why? So that we might have eternal life.
Finally, believers display the mind of Christ by being obedient. Obedience is the highest form of love through which we willingly sacrifice (1 Sam. 15:22) our thoughts and actions to follow the instructions He has set before us. Christ’s obedience was love of the highest caliber in that He was obedient even if it meant death by the worst possible punishment—death on the cross (Phil. 2:8).
Possessing the mind of Christ will empower believers to “pull down strongholds, cast down obstacles that hold themselves up above the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:4-5) “A mind may be a terrible thing to lose” unless you replace it with the mind of Christ.
Good to the Last Byte…
An old axiom states: “You can’t lose what you never had.” Read the Gospel account of the Madman of Gadarenes (Mark 5:1-19) and see how losing your mind can change your life.