3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
This exhortation presents us with the number one condition that actually guarantees many of the things we chase in this life – the mind of Christ. This is about a deep work of the Holy Spirit in your inner man. It is easy for any believer to declare that I have the mind of Christ and live directly opposite to that declaration.
The number one characteristic of the mind of Christ is meekness. How many of us are successfully handling the amount of power in all its forms – spiritual, moral, intellectual [wisdom], etc. in such a way that people see us as human and not deity? How are we carrying ourselves before our world so people will relate with us as humans? If we are not exhibiting the virtues of Christ as expected of us then we need to pay more attention to His word which has power to transform our lives.
Paul specifically warns us against striving for vain glory, which path is so subtle you may not be aware you are on such a path. Let the Holy Spirit deal with you. If not, you cannot be described as meek.
1. Thank God for giving us an example to follow in our Lord Jesus Christ when it comes to meekness.
2. Ask for forgiveness for any instance you can remember where you were so full of yourself instead of being full of Christ.
3. Father, I may have read this passage several times, but please help me to cultivate the mind of Christ in its totality
DeclarationsI declare that I yield to the molding of power the Holy Ghost until Christ is formed in me. I have the mind of Christ, I resist the desires of the flesh. I submit to the work of the Holy Ghost in my life until every work of the flesh is overcome and the virtues of Christ become a reality in my life in the name of Jesus.