Living Sacrifices - The Mind of Christ – Part 3
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:1-2
Think of this. What if we literally began to see ourselves as walking in Jesus 24/7? Not merely having an occasional thought of His presence with us, but considering His ways such that, we just imitate Him in the least to the greatest circumstances and situations of our lives, publicly and privately? What if?
What would our lives look like if we did these things?
The more we worship Him, the more we fill our days, with His Word being spoken into our hearing, the greater our faith would become to believe and be guided by that Word. The more we yield to His leading and prompting by the Holy Spirit, the more like Jesus we become.
From the moment we are born again we desire the sincere milk of the Word. As new creations in Christ Jesus, the old things have passed away and all things are (and have) become new in Him, with Him, by Him and through Him.
As we grow in grace and the knowledge of the Word, proving it by being obedient to Jesus and doing the things He has said for us to do, we are eventually given strong meat to contemplate and digest the deeper, more profound, and essential truths of our walk of faith, that we would be pleasing to God. With strong meat, we face more challenging circumstances and more complex issues of moral thought and behavior, of developing and maintaining godly relationships, seeking, and heeding wise counsel, and enduring the chastening of the Lord. We can do all this, because we have the mind of Christ.
"But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
As He is now so are we in this world.
Having the mind of Christ means we have the same thoughts, values, insights, understanding and wisdom available to us now in this world, as Christ had when He ministered to His disciples and demonstrated the power of God as He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.
"...how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." Acts 10:38
Yes, We have the same mind that He has now, as He is seated at the right hand of God. Can we actually believe that we can think like Jesus, and act like Him and exercise the same power and authority as human beings now, that He has in Heaven?
According to the Scriptures that is exactly what it means.
The spirit, the wisdom, the power, knowledge, and authority of the Holy One is the treasure that we possess by faith in these earthen vessels, our mortal bodies; heart, soul, mind, and spirit. Our very ability to think and reason, to evaluate the pros and cons of any situation or condition of life, and then to choose what is right before God, is the same mind that Jesus has, if we have been born again by His Spirit from above.
Remember the prayer that Jesus prayed for us, that we would be one with Him and the Father?
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me..." John 17:20-23
Having the mind of Christ is to be one with Christ.