Bible Reading: Philippians 2
There’s this Nigerian street expression I think 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 tuning our minds right: 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 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.
Paul demonstrates how we come to think like Christ. We consider and meditate on Him, His life and His ways. Paul demonstrates that 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 life holds in this year and beyond.
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or laboured in vain. Philippians 2:14-16 NKJV