The Power of Grace Ministries

January 16

Our natural thinking does not line up with spiritual concepts. This is one of the reasons Paul tells us in Romans 8:7 that the carnal mind is enmity to God, however we have been given the mind of Christ. This means we have been given a mind of servitude and selflessness and the only reason Christians may not exhibit this type of character, as often as we should, is because we need to renew our minds daily.  

Philippians 2:5-7
“5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”

 Paul is trying to help us see that our natural thinking does not line up with our new born again spirit.  This mind set Paul is referring to is one of servant hood, which lines up with verse 4 and is much more than just looking out for your fellow brother in Christ. The mere fact that Jesus chose to die for us even when we were in our sins is proof enough that we are to have that same heart toward those still in there sin and not just those who believe.  There is so much more of a calling on believers than just our personal salvation. True, believing and confessing Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the most important step, but still just the first step.  We are called to walk with Jesus, not stop with Jesus. 

So how important is it to God and Jesus that we take the next step and reach out to the world of non-believers?  Verse 6 is the answer.  6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.  We have to get this understanding deep in our spirit.  Jesus has to be more than just a man or His death could not account for all of the sins of mankind.  If I, a man, chose to die for you, so you would not have to bare the punishment you deserved, than once dead how could I stand in for the punishment a second person?  No one can meet God’s standards accept God Himself and yet because of sin in the flesh, all flesh must die.  1 Timothy 3:16, John 1:1 & 1:14 are proof that Jesus was God having come to earth in the likeness of sinful flesh to pay the price for His children.  What an awesome step made by Jesus to choose for Himself to take on such a role and yet while on earth He made Himself of no reputation, but chose to serve.  God living in the flesh here on earth served man. 

Making oneself of no reputation is not staying out of any lime light and hiding.  Jesus made such a splash in this world His birth split time.  He did not seek the recognition, but rather chose to serve all who would let Him serve them.  There is no way He or anyone else back then or today walking in the Spirit doing the works of God, healing the sick, raising the deal, making the blind see, and the lame walk, and preaching the gospel of salvation can stay in hiding.  Fact is His works and those of the apostles and disciples was the very thing that brought them recognition and ultimately death.  Where Paul is encouraging the believer is to not seek the accolades that may and often will follow such actions.  People by nature will follow signs, but a true seeker will grow beyond the signs that follow.  We must stay humble and the only antidote for pride is found back in verse 4.