Bible Reading: Philippians 2
There’s this Nigerian street expression that I like. When someone does something audacious, they’d tell you ‘you have mind!’
I mean, who doesn’t?
We can say everyone has a mind, but maybe what’s more important than merely having a mind is what we ‘tune’ our minds to.
Philippians 2 is not just Paul emptily encouraging the Philippians about being ‘like-minded’ with each other (v. 2) or bragging about Timothy being ‘like-minded’ with him (v. 20).
I think between all that, he shares huge secrets about how being right-minded is what will bring us to these beautiful places of being like-minded.
And he gives us the big secret of our minds being rightly tuned: We tune it to Christ.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus Phil 2:5 NKJV
Think as Christ Jesus thought. Phil 2:5 NLV
It’s like how in music, it’s not just important that an instrument is in tune by itself, but it is important that it is in tune to the overall master key. Every instrument will find that when it is rightly in tune with the master key, it can be in tune with the orchestra and it can make good music.
I think that is Paul’s argument in this entire chapter:
By being like-minded with Christ, we can be right-minded towards and like-minded with our community (v. 2), right-minded for ourselves (v. 3), right-minded towards the people in our world (v. 4), right-minded towards God (v. 9-11), right-minded whether we’re close or far away (v. 12-13), right-minded towards our jobs/endeavours (v.14-16), right-minded towards sacrifice and service (v. 17-18), right-minded towards leadership, and like-minded with our leaders (v. 19-23), right-minded in challenges (v 25- 27), and right-minded in giving honour (29-30)
The rightness of our mind towards life and all that is before us is to the extent that we tune our minds to Christ. We must be asking the Holy Spirit to help us think like Christ.
In the day and age in which we live, it is so important that we think like Christ! As we look to the second half of the year, we’re either going to get our minds rightly tuned or be swamped into the mindedness of the world. The world is so negative, so burdensome, so full of distractions, and so low on expectations that we cannot afford to be casual about our mindedness.
Paul demonstrates how we come to think like Christ. We consider and meditate on Him, His life and His ways. Paul demonstrates an example of this to the Philippians in the sixth to the eleventh verse of our reading.
Do the same. What do you know about Christ, His life and His ways? Meditate on it.
Christ didn’t think disconnected or disadvantaged or defeated or depressed. Christ didn’t think frustrated or frozen or fried.
It is to the extent that we get it like Christ in our minds that we will be right-minded towards all that God holds for us in the rest of this year and beyond.
As we wait on God today, let’s believe to be minded to win in the second half of the year; minded to thrive in God’s bests; minded to prosper in the plans and purposes that God invites us to. May we not be mentally enslaved and oppressed.