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