By Lisa Karon Richardson
One of the things I’ve been called to work on in my Christian walk this year is having the mind of Christ. On the surface it sounds perfectly ridiculous. How can I, finite and fallible as I am, think like God?
I’ve been saved since I was ten. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and I’m a preacher’s wife. I still don’t begin to understand the way He works. Much less think the same. But Philippians instructs believers to: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
For years I’ve struggled thinking I could do this on my own, but recently I’ve learned that I can’t and not only that. I’m not supposed to! It should be primarily God’s work. (Obviously, this doesn’t excuse me from moral obligations or from doing my best to please God.) Philippians 2:13 says: “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
Paul gave the Philippians the low down even more clearly in 1:6 “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Do you see how liberating that is?
The fate of the free world doesn’t rest on my should… Er… Make that I don’t have to grasp after holiness on my own. I can’t attain it on my own, but God is faithful and loving and He has promised to complete the work that He’s started in me.
God actually wants me to succeed! So He takes on the job of making it happen. I stick to my bit, like… oh… I don’t know planting the seed. And He does the heavy lifting by making the stuff grow.
In this case that starts with desire, for the mind of Christ, and then planting the seed of the word in my heart. I.e. reading my Bible.
So what does having the "Mind of Christ" mean to you? What does God have you working on this year?