The Christian view of life affirms that effective-living and fulfilment in life are the results of understanding and adopting “the mind of Christ”- his attitude, viewpoint, or consciousness. It is important to note that Jesus’ words and works were motivated by his mind.
Here’s a list of five expressions of his mindset:
1. Position is not a prize but a place of responsibility
Position for position’s sake is not acceptable because it leads to a life of pride, vain power, pleasure, and prestige. Remember that with every privilege comes responsibility. Remember also that a Christian is always representing or misrepresenting Christ. 2 CHRONICLES 2:11; ECCLESIASTES 10:16-18; LUKE 9:46-48; LUKE 22:24-27
2. Purpose is more powerful than position
- To glorify God by serving his humanity is the ultimate goal of life. Life is whatever we put at the centre of living (tabernacle at the centre in the wilderness, temple at the centre of Israel, and Jesus at the centre of our lives).
- To lift those who need redemption out of ruin must become our life’s crusade. As people of God, we need to recalibrate and recalculate our trajectory in life. JOHN 17:4; PHILIPPIANS 1:21; HEBREWS 10:5-7
3. Proximity to sinful people is the greatest commitment in life
To serve man Christ became man! Jesus Christ committed his entire earthly life to see humanity, to feel humanity, to act for humanity, to advocate for humanity, and to empower humanity. The church cannot bring redemption and salvation to a dying world by remote control. EXODUS 3:7-10; MATTHEW 14:14; ROMANS 5:8; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17-21
4. Posture of selfless service is the mark of true greatness
We’ll be called many times to let go of our best interests for the sake of the betterment of others. The mind of Christ is a lowly mind and a loving mind. JOHN 13:14-17; ACTS 10:38; ACTS 20:35-36; 1 TIMOTHY 6:17-19
5. Power eventually comes to those whose lives are characterized by love, joy, and sacrificial service
There lied Jesus Christ’s key to universal authority; here lies the church’s secret to world-wide authority! Our Lord Jesus went from Sovereign to Servant to Supreme Sovereign because of his attitude to life. ISAIAH 53:12; 1 CORINTHIANS 11:1; 1 JOHN 2:6