Our mind-set determines our behavior.

Rubric: Preaching

attitudeIn Philippians 3:16 Paul wrote to the church “…we be of the same mind, let us also continue in the same rule.” Gordon D. Fee said that author ““drawn up in line” (esp. as a military term), is used by Paul only figuratively, meaning
to “bring one’s life or behavior into conformity to” something.”
I can compare our mind-set to the positioning of an airplane. If an airplane positions itself just a little bit to the ground, its just a matter of time before a catastrophe will happen. But if an airplane positions itself up, it’s just a matter of time until it reaches its maximum. Our behavior is a reflection of what is inside of us. In other words, our thoughts are similar to a deposit in a bank, and our behavior withdraws what we already deposited. We are what think meaning we will never go higher and further than our thoughts. Our action is the only result of what is inside of us. It’s impossible to separate our mind-set and our attitude. By using “phronesis”, Paul is leading and guiding the church to maturity.
When Jesus invited people to follow Him, He stated what His standards were: “whoever wants to be my disciple must deny himself and take up their cross and follow me.” It means that He called those people into discipleship. The goal of the disciple is to become as His Master, to think like Him, to act like Him, to speak like Him, and to be the reflection of who He is. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said “Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”
We must follow Christ in all, even suffering.
Apostle Peter was a disciple of Christ and he wrote to the fellow Christians “For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.”
In other words, real disciples fully follow their master and eventually become as their master.