TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
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.
Philippians 2:5-8 (ESV)
RELATIONSHIP BREAKTHROUGH: THE MIND OF CHRIST
The National Portrait Gallery in London, England, houses a treasure of paintings from across the centuries, including 166 images of Winston Churchill, 94 of William Shakespeare, and 20 of George Washington. With the older portraits, we may wonder: Is that what these individuals really looked like? Something similar might be happening with the likeness of Jesus. Without realizing it, those who believe in Him are leaving an impression of Him on others. Not with brushes and oils, but with attitudes, actions, and relationships. Are we painting a portrait that represents the likeness of His heart? (Bill Crowder)
Do the people you are in a relationship with have a better idea of what Jesus looks like based on your actions? A Christian is a Christ follower by definition. To have healthy relationships, we should follow Jesus’ example. In Philippians 2:5-8, Paul lays out three key characteristics of the mindset Jesus demonstrated:
- Jesus demonstrated a selfless attitude.
- Jesus demonstrated a sacrificial attitude.
- Jesus demonstrated a servant attitude.
Many of us will have to change our mindset if we are going to experience a breakthrough in our relationships. Which of the three mindsets that Jesus possessed do you think would have the most significant impact on your relationships? Ask God to give you the mind of Christ in all of your relationships, but especially in your most difficult relationships.