Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Mind Shifting

Philippians 3:15 "Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind."
Here is a good example of two verses that are easy to read past and not even think about but let me give you a hint. Whenever Paul begins a verse with the word 'Therefore' we should be paying attention. It means He is summarizing or drawing a conclusion based on what he has said already.
What has he been talking about? Viewing this life as nothing in order to fully embrace following Jesus wherever that road may lead. Now in two verses he admits this is not a normal way to think. This kind of thinking develops over time. It is a sign of Christian maturity. This is critical to understand. Not everyone is in the same place. We think differently based on where we are in our journey.
Three times he mentions the mind or our thinking. First he says mature Christians think nothing of this present life. They count it as rubbish. Then he says basically "if you don't think this way yet God will bring you up to speed." Then in verse 16 he says we need to walk according to the degree that we have already attained and be of the same mind.
Becoming like Jesus is a matter of the mind and it happens by degrees. We don't get a "Jesus mind" at baptism. Day by day, decision by decision, experience by experience, trial by trial we are either "letting this mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus" or we are stubbornly resisting Him and clinging to the thinking we already had.
What is "common sense" to us before we ever met Jesus will become foolishness to us in time and what is "common sense" after we begin to think like Him will be foolishness to the world. This is what makes following Jesus so difficult on a practical daily level. We are morphing into a new person. We are arguing with our old self. Not only are we arguing with our own mind but friends and family who don't think like Jesus or who may even be Christians but not mature yet won't understand what we are doing. Think of how many times the disciples argued with Jesus. Why did they do it? Because they had a worldly logic still but Jesus had the mind of His Father.
Being "home" again in Nova Scotia I have been asked several times already if I think we'll ever move back. Yesterday I responded "I don't know because 2 years ago if you had asked me if I would ever move to Grande Prairie I would have laughed. It all depends what God has planned."
I have grown to understand my life is not my own. I don't make firm plans. Any plans I make ago seder always open to and subject to His modifications.
Think of the peace the Philippians will gain when they grasp the perspective of Jesus. This life is fleeting. Self preservation is not necessary. Jesus laid down his life and God raised Him up again. Death is nothing to fear. His life and was poured out for us and it is our calling to follow. When we get Home we'll see that every suffering we ever experienced for His sake was critical in bringing others to the same mind.
We often criticize the world but how will they see or desire more or different if they don't see a better way. Jesus turned the world upside down by being different. Then He said "Follow Me..."

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