Philippians 2:5 "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Do you know what's crazy? We expect to be followers of Jesus while maintaining the same thinking we have always had. Each of us has political leanings and/or a worldview that is likely not in harmony with God. As we begin to discover Him we naturally see Him and judge Him through our eyes. What we should be doing is judging our thinking through His eyes. Paul says in verse 5 above "Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus". In other words "Think like He thought. Look at things through His eyes".
As much as we want to talk about ourselves and 2015 the Bible is only useful to us in the present if we examine it in the context of the story it is telling at the time it was written.
Like we've been discussing, Paul is in prison and they don't like it. Their way of thinking is that Paul is too good and too important to be in prison. Their thinking says God should be doing something about this if He is the Mighty God that Paul taught them about. They are so convinced of their own logic about the situation that they are becoming disillusioned.
Now let's talk about us. When bad things happen, when perceived injustices occur we get upset at God. In fact we're so self centered that we can watch the news and hear about strangers dying unjustly and it barely registers but if it happens to someone we love suddenly God is uncaring and/or incompetent. Many atheists will tell me they don't believe there is a God because if there was the world wouldn't be in such a mess. What they are doing is judging God by their own standard. They are saying "If I had God's power I'd cure cancer and end world hunger and violence etc..."
What is Paul’s response to all this? How does he respond to this group of believers that he loves? He says "Consider the mind of Jesus. Look at Him. He was God yet He became a man. In fact He didn't just become a man, He became the servant of men. He who made and owns everything became one of us and owned pretty much nothing. Consider Him who as a servant to His Father and to us even submitted to a premature and unjust death." Paul is saying "Think about it!" More than saying 'think about it' he is saying "Think like Him. Count your life, count my life, as nothing but a sacrifice to God."
Man there is power in this. It is contrary to our nature. Our gut screams against this from the ends of our toes to the top of our head. We want our rights. We want justice (often just for us). From as early as we can talk the most common phrase from our lips about our worldview is "that's not fair".
To be fair it is true. This world is not just or fair. It is full of ugly events and brokenness. What our humanity does not recognize is that this life is a war zone and the only weapon of value/worth in this fight against evil is sacrifice. Love is sacrifice. Love is other centered. Love weeps more at your pain than my own pain. Jesus is love. Jesus held nothing back for Himself. He never held a placard defending His rights. He never called a lawyer to defend Him against injustice. He never called on His Almighty Father to rescue or defend Him or nuke His enemies. He wasn't here to defeat His enemies, He was here to win them through self sacrificing love.
It's not our nature to think like Him but He is willing to give us His heart and mind.
Let this mind be in you that was in Jesus...