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“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5 NIV).

Having the same mindset of Jesus may seem highly unlikely to you. After all, Jesus was 100% man and 100% God. Jesus led a perfect life and we must admit that we are lowly, fallible human beings. But did you know that God actually gave all of us the mind of Christ? “The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment. For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:15-16).

Given that God has graciously blessed us with the mind of Christ and that He revealed it to us in His Word, should we not explore it for just a minute? What was Jesus’ attitude while He was here on earth? If we indeed possess the mind of Christ, then we also possess the attitude of Christ. Wow!

That seems a tall order, but believe this … we can willingly and instantly change our attitude at any time, under any circumstances. Let me give you an example. You are very angry at someone in your house. Let’s say someone broke a priceless vase. You have been emotionally strained because of lack of sleep the past week, worrying about how to pay off your credit card. The vase breaks and adrenalin shoots through your veins. You scream in rage at the offender. Suddenly the doorbell rings.

You swing the door open, ready to plow into some innocent vendor. There on your doorstep stands the President of the United States, complete with secret service and press spread over your front lawn. Your attitude changes instantly from aggression to humility. Okay, maybe it wasn’t the President of the United States. Maybe it was just your local pastor. However, I believe the instant attitude change would occur then as well.

What would the mind of Christ look like? Since we can’t look into His mind, we can look at how He lived to get an idea of how we can emulate the mind of Christ. He came to “save the world, not to judge it” (John 3:17). Aha! Judgments are out. Yes, I say it again, judgments are out. He made it His business to serve and heal the people around Him. Okay, we can do that. He put mere human beings above Himself, the King of the universe. Can you put others above yourself?

Can you think of someone who is truly servant-hearted? Someone who truly enjoys serving others? There are many people like that. Does it seem impossible? Why not trust God to empower you to do it for one person. Putting even one person’s needs above your own is a very good start. If you are married it might be your spouse. Or it may be someone you know who needs some help. There is certainly someone in this world you could humbly serve and love with an attitude of joy.

Philippians 2:5 reminds us that Jesus kept an attitude of humility and love toward the people around Him. He is God of the universe and His attitude was to serve His fellow man. Today your attitude can be the same.

Father, You have given me the mind of Christ. This is overwhelming when I consider how Jesus lived here on earth. Teach me how to live a life of humility and serve others to glorify You. Amen.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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