WORD FROM THE CENTER: MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2021
MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, with reflections on His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s passage is Philippians 2:5-11, where the Apostle Paul writes these profound words:
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. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
WHAT A MINDSET, WHAT A MISSION
Mindsets matter. I remember back in my playing days how important my “frame of mind” was on the day before a big race or a big game. If I was confident in my training, confident in the game plan, and physically and emotionally focused, my mindset often gave me an edge when the contest began. Search the internet and you’ll find all kinds of “mindset” programs and seminars that will prepare you for the big game, as well as for the big presentation, investment, or promotion. Mindsets matter.
As wonderful as all of that sounds, today’s Bible reading is not about that at all. It’s about something much more important and way more powerful. It is not merely about getting your mindset right. It’s about knowing and receiving the “mind of Christ,” both in your life and then for the lives of those you love. When I think about it, all I can say is, “Wow!”
This mindset is one that was lived out for all to see in the person and work of Jesus. When you focus your attention on Jesus, you’ll see the very power of God in action in and through His life FOR YOU. You’ll see the love of God in action for you (for example, Jesus emptied Himself, served, was found in human form, and became obedient even to death on a cross). You’ll see the fullness of Jesus’ humble mindset in action for you. You’ll also see the enduring victory of this Servant-Savior for you and for all as the exalted one who will one day be universally confessed.
Great athletes immerse themselves in their playbooks. Great lawyers know their law books. Great businesspersons know and even love their customers. Christians know, trust, and love their Savior by immersing themselves in His Word. Seeing His mindset in action and trusting in His love for us changes our hearts. You might even say it changes our minds so that our mission in life seeks to reflect Him to others in all we do.
Here’s a few more promises to chew on. St. Paul says this in Colossians 3:1-4:
Since you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
In Philippians 4:8-9, he encourages us with these words:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
What a mindset. What a mission. What a way to live.
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I’m overwhelmed by the mindset that You had in your mission to love me. Give me a thankful faith that trusts in all that You are and have done for me. Then give me Your mindset so that I might strive to love others the way You first loved me. AMEN.
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