Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” vss. 5-7Philippians 2:5-11
According to Paul those who wish to live a Christlike life will begin by emptying themselves, i.e., giving up on any notion of glory or grandeur and simply being the beautiful creatures that God has created them to be. One of the great truths of human existence is that those who aspire to be more than what they are will end up being less than what they could have been. Only in humility do we discover our true selves and become the Christlike servants that we have been called to be. This doesn’t mean settling for mediocrity as we make our way through life–in fact as followers of Jesus we will hone and polish those gifts which are ours, and then use those gifts to serve in a multitude of ways. But there will never be any bragging or boasting about personal achievements or exploits. That’s just not the way of Christ! We should never imagine that such self-emptying is easy. It takes great discipline to lay aside ambition and allow the self to drain away, but when self is replaced by the mind of Christ, we are transformed, and the world is never the same.
Thought for the Day: What’s it like to have the mind of Christ?