Daily Archives: June 7th, 2012
Acting according to Christ
Phil 2:1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
As a child I used to try to imitate my mother and my aunts. I would wear their heels, their white gloves, their hats, and their costume jewelry. But as much as I tried to look like them and imitate them, I was not them.
As Christians we are called not just to imitate Christ but to live like Christ—to have the same attitude as Christ. John Wesley said that if we are unfulfilled in our life with Christ, then we have not gone deep enough. We are, in essence, playing dress up and not yet taking on the life of Christ.
How do we take on the life of Christ? By attending to the ordinances of the church—Bible reading, attending worship, prayer, holy communion, fasting, and doing good toward others. If we are fulfilling these spiritual disciplines, we can not help but begin to take on the attitude of Christ.
Prayer: Father, as we determine to take on the mind of Christ, may we be strengthened by performing the spiritual disciplines of the church, recognizing that the more disciplined we are the more like Christ we will become. Amen