Read Philippians 2:1-11
God has called us as believers to maintain the unity of the body through adopting an attitude of Christ-like humility.
Verse 5 is a staggering and mind-boggling truth when we stop and think about it. We are commanded to have the same “attitude” or to “think like” or to have the “mind of” Christ.
Yesterday we saw Paul’s four gospel exhortations for us to be Christ-like and now he sums it up with this powerful statement for us to think just like Jesus. To imitate Christ. To be Christ-like.
That’s a tall order. To think like Jesus. To have the same attitude as Jesus. How in the world can we do that? It comes through the transformation of renewing our minds day by day.
Read 2 Corinthians 3:18
As we continually look to Jesus as our Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit transforms us on a daily basis to becoming more and more like Jesus. From one degree to another—we are in the process of growing more and more Christ like. The Holy Spirit does this awesome work in us to mature in Christ.
Read Romans 8:29
God in His sovereign grace has predestined us to be conformed to the image of Jesus. That’s our destiny—to look like Jesus.
Read Ephesians 2:10
If we take all of these verses together, the sovereign Spirit of God is doing an internal work in us to transform us and conform us to becoming more and more like Jesus.
That is the ultimate test of discipleship. Am I acting, thinking, speaking, relating, and responding like Jesus? Am I walking in a manner worthy of my calling? When people look at me, do they see glimpses of Jesus? Each day we should be maturing and transforming more and more into the image of Christ.
Part of this growth process is to adopt the same attitude that Jesus had. This can only be produced by the Spirit. Yet, we have a responsibility as well. It is a joint partnership. The Holy Spirit does His sovereign work in us to become more like Jesus, but we are also responsible for our growth as we walk in obedience.
Spend some time today thanking Jesus for His grace in your life to conform you to look more like Him.
When I think about thinking and acting and being like you it overwhelms me! But then again, I know that You are faithful to conform me to be more like You! You are powerful in your grace. Please give me the strength to have Your mind and to display this Christ-like humility. May I be a person of gentleness, humility, and compassion for Your glory.