Appropriating Christ’s mind
Scripture reading for February 11th: Exodus 28-31, Philippians 2
Philippians 2:1-7 “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant being born in the likeness of men.”
Jesus Christ was the Exalted Son of God, ruling over the universe He created. In the counsel of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Jesus humbled Himself and took the form of a servant in human flesh, becoming obedient even to death on a cross for the sake of all other human beings under the penalty of death for their sins. Jesus counted us of more value than His own comfort and position. He accomplished our salvation by His own complete obedience to God’s eternal Word in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. The Father God has gifted each believer with His Holy Spirit, calling us by name out of the darkness of sin and this world. He has given us the mind and heart of His Son to care for His interests–the souls of all men!
Philippians 2:8-10 “And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the Name that is above every name, so that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Prayer: Father God, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the mind of Jesus Christ! Fill me with the power of the Spirit in wisdom, ability, and knowledge and craftsmanship to do Your work in Your way according to Your instructions. You are building Your Church, a habitation of God by the Spirit. Help me to put Your will and others before my comfort and selfishness.
Exodus 31:1-3 “The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, . .”