Have you ever wondered what it would be like to think like Jesus? The Son of God, present from the foundation of the world. The word of God which became flesh and dwelt among us, how did he think?
My 7-year-old is convinced that he should be in charge of the world. In his mind life would be infinitely better if he could do whatever he wants whenever he wants.
Unfortunately for him ice cream is not an option for every meal of the day.
Perhaps we are not so different in our approach. If we could just get our way then the world would be better for sure! We imagine our solutions are free of failure, unintended consequences, and ignore the limitations of our own perspective.
But what if we were God, then how would we act? How would we talk to people? How would we consider our position in relation to others? Here is what the Apostle Paul had to say about how Jesus thought:
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross..” - Philippians 2:5-8
If anyone had the right to act like a know it all, Jesus qualifies. Yet observe Paul’s commentary. First he “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped [or seized].” He took on the form of a servant and humbled himself by becoming obedient.
What a fascinating approach. Paul says, “have this attitude in yourselves” or we could say it, think this way. Be purposeful about how you think and how you consider your position, humble yourself. Be willing to let things die for the sake of love.
When we read more of the life of Jesus we understand that His way of love at times was perceived to be deeply offensive. It addressed the heart of individuals. Some were ready to hear and receive words of life, others were hardened by the pride of self-righteousness and could not receive from the giver of life.
Today let us invite God to shine his light into our hearts. May it bring clarity and understanding and may it flow not only to us but through us. Let us learn to think like Jesus.