“Having the same mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus”
So obviously the selfless attitude and love for others we’ve been discussing all week isn’t the easiest thing to do. We can try for a day, we can set up boundaries, and guard rails to keep ourselves in line, but what happens when you don’t want to? Boundaries stop mistakes, they don’t keep you from defiantly marching over them. What do we do in the days when I don’t want to do this anymore, and i don’t feel like being a caring, Christ-like person?
I love that the text brings us right back to Jesus. He’s not a football coach cheering us on to “be all we can be”. He encourages us to go to the one place we can go find strength to do what seems impossible or at least uncomfortable. This mindset of selfless love and care for others comes entirely from Jesus. We don’t have the capabilities, we don’t have the grit to fake this. We can condition ourselves into better behavior but we can’t change our hearts to love others the way we love ourselves. We just CAN NOT DO IT. But you can do it in Jesus. You don’t like have to get there, you don’t have to set up a 5 step method. You have this mindset in Jesus.
What does this mean? Well, one of the craziest things in the Bible is the idea of the Holy Spirit. God’s placing his Spirit in me. And when we realize that we have the Spirit of God inside us, we can do unthinkable things. I’m not talking TV televangelist, or some Benny Hinn heresy power. We’re connected with God in a way most Christians don’t even really grasp. He searches us. He knows us. He encourages us. He leads us. He strengthens us. So when my day is crappy and I don’t feel like thinking about anyone but me, we have a selfless mindset in Jesus and we can think this way and live this way in the strength of the Spirit of God inside us.
You can’t be a selfless person. At least on your own, you can’t. However, we’ve been given a gift from God in the presence of His Spirit that lets us know in the face of all adversity that I can love others, I can be more like Christ, and I can know him better as I serve.