Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 2-5 (KJV)
Just the mere idea of that just blows my mind! Is Paul actually giving us a glimpse into the mind of God, and can he actually expect us to fathom the thought of being likeminded with Jesus. A few verses earlier he exhorted us to be likeminded with each other, "be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind." That seems difficult enough, though at least attainable. Asking us to be of one mind with Christ is, to quote the great Wizard of Oz, "a horse of another color".
Reading on, Paul explains exactly what that mindset of Christ is, a mindset of humility and selflessness, as He left His throne in heaven to take..."the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross"
That is exactly what we are celebrating this Easter. The hand that created the universe was pierced to redeem His most precious creation, you.
That same selfless humility is what Paul is exhorting us to emulate. By now you are probably thinking this is pretty heavy for a devotional. It's a good thing Paul didn't stop with the exhortation, but also told us how this could be done, just a few verses down in verse 13. " for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."
It's only through The Holy Spirit working through us that we can hope to be likeminded with Christ. This lent season, it's nice to give up something we enjoy, but what if we take it one step further and give up a bit of our pride. What if we give up a resentment that we have toward someone who has hurt us, or what if we stop thinking about what someone isn't doing for us and think about what we can do for the kingdom of God.
Father, I thank you for speaking to us through your word. I pray, Holy Spirit that you would empower us to be likeminded with Christ. That you would help us to spend more time thinking about the needs of others and finding time to experience your love and grace in our lives so that we can grow closer to you everyday. Amen
By Luis Preciado