The Christian mind-set is a command; it’s not a choice.

Rubric: Preaching

Transformed+Mindset_11When Paul speaks in Philippians 2:5, he is using present tense, passive voice, and imperative mode. The imperative mode is “a command or instruction given to the hearer, charging the hearer to carry out or perform a certain action.”
First of all, Christianity is a living relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s impossible to have relationship with Christ and not be changed into His image. Paul wrote about this in his letter to the church in Corinth “being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.” Unchanged Christians or fleshly ministers made so much damage to the reputation of the church and the Kingdom of God because of missing this mind-set and attitude of Christ.
Second, we are born from God and from His Spirit. Apostle John states, “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” If God is our Father and we are His children, we must reflect the One that we are born from. Knowing this, Paul uses His authority as a leader of the church by commanding disciples to reach higher standards; standards of Christ.
During the years of my ministry, I saw Christians who pursued the mind of Christ by coming to the cross daily and dying for their thoughts and desires. But I also saw Christians that did not want to change their mind-set and way of thinking. These people said “I am who I am.” Those who decided to change, were living representatives of the Christ Himself, but those who thought that is not an important matter always stayed as “baby Christians”; never happy and always complaining.
Our lives depend and determine everything in our life from our thoughts of how we perceive Christ. The Apostle describes the attitude and character of Christ in detail, “…did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant… He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” It’s amazing how only a few verses fully describe Christ and His work. We must have the right image of God, because without it we will worship gods of our own making and serving our selfish needs.