Day 49: I trust You, Lord. Having a mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5-8
Christ was the perfect example to imitate. Everyone question who He was. When they figured it out or wanted to set Him up, they asked for miracles to be performed (Mark 8:11-13). Once people began to know who He was, they killed Him. All of this He knew in advance. Nothing was kept from Him, and yet He came from Heaven anyway. What an awesome example of humility this is.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8 KJV
WOW! You know, people walk around saying “Oh, I have a mind of Christ,” but do they really know what it means to put on the mind of Christ. Having a mind of Christ means putting others before yourself. It means humbling yourself and submitting to death. It means trusting God’s way even when you don’t want to. It means saying “Not my will, but yours, Lord” (Luke 22:41) and meaning it.
An executive sat at their desk working on not only executive level things, but also operational tasks. Suddenly the phone rings. The exec is being called into an impromptu meeting. Upon hanging up the phone, the exec realized their emotions where not in check and they will most likely go off on the people in the meeting. Before heading out, the exec quickly prayed: “Holy Spirit, I need for you to come speak, act, and move on my behalf. If you leave it up to me, someone is going to get told off. I need you. Go before me. Embody my mind, body, and will. In Jesus name. Amen.” You may not think this was a good prayer, but this exec knew what was to come because Holy Spirit tipped them off.
When the exec walked into the room and sat, there the exec was immediately bombarded with questions, demands, accusations, and falsehoods. After everyone took their piece of the exec, the exec replied “Sure no problem,” and was excused from the meeting. When the exec reached their office, the exec was furious with the Spirit for allowing them to endure that. In near tears, the exec prayed “I am a child of the King! How could you allow them to treat me like that?” Holy Spirit gently replied, “You asked me to step in and you needed to go through that so that you would know how to handle it the next time. There will be next times, but because you were quiet this time, your next will be better. Trust me. You must be humble when dealing with these type of people.”
Shocked, the exec calmed down. Holy Spirit was right. The exec had been in a spiritual battle on the job for some time. That’s exactly why the exec asked Holy Spirit to step in. On this particular day, the exec didn’t think they could contain their frustration any longer. When the meeting ended, one party of the meeting immediately came to the execs office to apologize and provide more insight on the reason for the impromptu call-in and the line of questions.
Now the exec knew what Holy Spirit was doing. Holy Spirit was teaching the exec about humility because the exec’s old ways of responding to every accusation just didn’t work. At this moment, the exec learned what it meant to have a mind of Christ: taking a beating without a word.
Your challenge today is to truly work on having the mind of Christ. When things look dreary, look to the hills from whence your help comes (Psalm 121:1). When you want to show someone up, practice humility instead. Not every accusation needs a response. Not every attack needs a counter attack. In humility, trust that God’s will is perfect. He promised to make your enemies your footstool. Trust Him and watch them come apologize.
Keiyia JOYet George
Trust Walk: Walking in His Steps coming soon!