It’s pretty mysterious, isn’t it… that the divinely inspired Apostle would say so matter of factly that WE, human beings who still struggle with sin so often, actually HAVE the mind of Christ?
It blows my mind… when I take the time to ponder what it truly means.
What does it mean that I have the mind of Christ?
Imagine the following three scenarios (it shouldn’t be too hard):
SCENARIO #1: A death in the family has occurred. It was sudden. It is very, very hard to bear.
SCENARIO #2: A conflict is happening at work. It’s hard to tell who is telling the truth, and who is in the right.
SCENARIO #3: Your past is coming back to haunt you, circumstancially and emotionally. You’re beginning to believe the doubts that are banging against your soul.
To have the mind of Christ means that in every one of these situations, you have an unlimited resource at your disposal.
You can interact with Jesus. You can think His thoughts about that specific circumstance. You can know His will, because His Spirit, Who lives in you, is present to help you.
THAT is AMAZING… and it’s an itty-bitty but VITAL part of the amazing grace that is ours in Christ.
But too many of us Christ-followers (adults and believing children) don’t know how to avail ourselves of this wonderful gift.
Here’s how I think of it:1 Learn what God says is true of you, in regard to the mind of Christ in you.
Here are some passages that are helpful to ponder, memorize, and place around your house through pictures or sticky notes. The more you get these into your soul, the more readily you’ll be able to act on them when the time comes. Feel free to download the memory cards of these verses in the section to the right.
- Proverbs 16:20
- Isaiah 26:3
- Isaiah 55:8-9
- Matthew 22:37
- Romans 8:6-7
- Romans 12:2
- 1 Corinthians 2:16
- 2 Corinthians 10:5
- Philippians 2:5 and following
- Philippians 4:8
- Colossians 3:2-3
- James 1:5-8
Spend time with these passages. Memorize them. Work to understand them. Teach them to your children (not just memorizing, but understanding). Make them part of how you THINK of yourself and teach your children to do the same.2 Begin to ACT according to the TRUTH in those verses.
This is the hard part… truly.
Emotions will get in the way… emotions like fear, doubt, uncertainty, and condemnation.
Old habits will get in the way… the desire for comfort, ease, and safety.
But you have to fight them, believing that through the struggle to act in obedience, the power of the Spirit of God will be yours (Galatians 5:16).
When you walk in obedience, trusting that the LORD will work in and through you to accomplish His will.
You are living according to the mind of Christ. You are living out the will of God in that situation.
Take your children with you as you learn to apply these things. Teach them right alongside you.
Your kids don’t need you to have it all figured out… they need you to be serious about the application of the truth you know. You can demonstrate that attitude and approach as you teach them what you’re learning.
Memorize the passages together.
Talk about applications of the truth together.
Make it a project you do together.
You may not like rap… it’s not exactly my favorite style of music either.
But the words and attitudes behind this video are powerful. I trust it will bless you as it has blessed me.