The topic of the sermon was “One Mind”. The base scripture referenced can be found in the book of Philippians.
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. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
To get a more complete picture of what the apostle Paul is referring to when he said, “have this mind among yourselves …” you need to step back just a bit.
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.
Have this mind … of the same mind … of one mind. It’s about attitude. Specifically a Christ centered, kingdom focused attitude and for me it is a greater challenge than that presented by One Heart. Why? With matters of the heart, there is less wriggle room for me to react wrongly or without the compassion or motivation that should direct a child of the King. When my mind or attitude is chiefly responsible for reacting as Christ would there surfaces all kinds of opportunity for me to get it wrong, to get derailed as my flawed reasoning intervenes … getting in His way.
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
It’s no surprise that children develop their sense of self, confidence and awareness by mimicking the actions and attitudes of their parents. If parents walked around each day checking their attitude to make sure the way they were behaving is how they would want their children to behave I imagine we would live in a much better place. Compound this by having parents respond to the world around them with a mind centered on Christ. How then would their children react? This same impact would empower families as a whole. Creating stronger marriages and families with a reliance on Christ.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The other evening there was something going on around the kitchen table (there’s always something going on). I asked one of the girls to clear the table and was met by a, “just one minute.” response. I replied by stating my request comes first before whatever they are working on (I was half joking). This was countered by, “no Daddy … God comes first.”.
Perfect. One mind.