How Christians Should Think like Christ Part 2

Christians are told to love like Christ. Christians ask, “What would Jesus do?” But, How does a Christian think like Christ?

A sign saying "mind your head". 
 Christians should have the mind of Christ toward others.
Christians should have the mind of Christ toward others.
Photo compliments of Arthur Brognoli

Thinking Like Christ

In my last blog, I asked the question, “How does a Christian think like Christ?” I based this question on Philippians 2:5. I want to delve further into the topic of thinking like Christ.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;  rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

Philippians 2: 5-8 (NIV)

When we break down the verse, this is what I understand about how Christ thinks:

  • Christ knew who He was. But He became like nothing.
  • Christ knew He was God. But He became a servant.
  • Christ, knowing He was God, accepted His role as a person.
  • Christ was humble.
  • Christ was obedient.

Christ, based on what He knew in His heart and mind, chose to be a servant, obedient, and humble. But Christ knew He was God. He knew He had to become a man. How does this affect our thinking? How do we think like Christ when we are not God? The first verse says, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” It sounds as if this mind is one, we, as Christians, should all have. It also seems like it is ours because of Jesus Christ.

So, when we treat others the way that Christ does, we are supposed to be a servant, humble, and obedient. These three things go entirely against the grain of who I am! It may be much easier to keep my mouth shut but grumble on the inside. But this is not how Christ thought toward people. To have the mindset of Christ toward others means I have to change my heart. I have to long for a heart like Christ’s to have a mind like Christ.

Author: Mary Kooiker

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mary is a freelance writer. Mary studied at Liberty University and has a BA in psychology and a MA in professional writing. Her favorite pastimes are reading, and rock crawling with her fiance in their RZR XP 1000. Mary is a coffee junkie, a foodie, and loves napping.

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