Philippians 2:5-11 (NASB):
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
In our relationships with others, we are to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. Stop and think about that for just a moment. If, in our relationships with other people, we treated them as Christ would, think about how much better this world would be. Of course, that would require more humility and a mindset to put the needs of others before our own needs. We would need to have greater compassion for our fellow man and we would need to listen and truly feel empathy towards others. We would have to put others first and ourselves last. Sounds like a difficult task, right?
Well, it’s not if we are followers of Christ and have the same mindset of Christ. Think about what Jesus did during his earthly ministry. Did he dine with kings in palaces or did he meet people where they were in life, as they struggled with their day to day existence and faith? Jesus spent time eating, listening to and talking with “sinners,” and all those that society had forgotten or pushed aside.
Our scripture passage today reminds us that “he (Christ) made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.” And that is our calling today as followers of Christ – to take on the very nature of a servant and go out into the world with the same mindset of Christ. I urge you in your daily walk with God to have the mindset of Christ. Look at other people as Christ would. Be humble and attempt to put the needs of others before your own needs. Show compassion towards those people you encounter during the course of your day. Strive to have the mindset of Christ in all that you do today and in the days ahead.