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Being Like-Minded

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Created by Sermon Research Assistant on Feb 5, 2024
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This sermon explores how to develop a Christlike mind, embodying His love, humility, and selflessness in our actions and attitudes towards others.

Introduction

Good morning, beloved family of God! It's a beautiful day, isn't it? A day filled with promise and potential, a day that our gracious God has given us to grow and to glorify Him. And what better way to do so than to gather here, in this sacred space, to seek His wisdom and guidance? Today, we are going to take a close look at a passage of Scripture that holds a profound message for each one of us. It's a message that, if we truly embrace it, can transform our lives and our relationships in the most remarkable ways.

Our focus will be on Philippians 2:1-5, where the Apostle Paul writes to the believers in Philippi: "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:"

Isn't it profound? Paul's words echo down through the centuries, reminding us of the transformative power of a Christlike mind. And it's this Christlike mind that we'll be focusing on today. We'll be examining what it means to manifest a mind like Christ, how we can model Christ in our actions, and how we can master Christ-like feelings towards others.

As we begin, I am reminded of a quote from the great minister, Charles Stanley, who once said, "If you want to truly value what [Jesus] did, think of Him hanging on that cross just for you. With that thought in your mind, consider how you should live. He gave Himself freely for you; are you giving yourself fully to Him?" It's a powerful reminder that our character, shaped by the mind of Christ, is our greatest asset.

Let us pray. Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you today with open hearts and minds, ready to receive your divine wisdom. As we study your Word, we ask that you guide us, that you open our eyes to see, our ears to hear, and our hearts to understand the depth and breadth of your love for us. Help us to truly manifest a mind like Christ, to model Him in our actions, and to master His feelings towards others. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Manifesting a Mind like Christ

To truly understand the essence of having a mind like Christ, we must first look at the life of Jesus Himself. He was a man of humility, always putting others before Himself. He was a servant, washing the feet of His disciples, healing the sick, feeding the hungry. He was a man of love, showing compassion to the least, the last, and the lost. He was a man of sacrifice, giving His life for the sins of the world. This is the mind of Christ, a mind filled with humility, service, love, and sacrifice.

Now, you might be thinking, "That's a tall order! How can I, a mere mortal, ever hope to have a mind like Christ?" The answer lies in our daily choices. Every day, we are faced with decisions, big and small, that shape our character. Do we choose to be humble or prideful? Do we choose to serve or to be served? Do we choose to love or to hate? Do we choose to sacrifice or to be selfish? These choices, made day in and day out, shape our minds and, ultimately, our lives.

The first aspect of having a mind like Christ is humility. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. It's putting others before yourself, just as Jesus did. He didn't cling to His divine status, but emptied Himself, taking on the form of a servant. He humbled Himself, even to the point of death on a cross. That's the kind of humility we're talking about, a humility that puts others first, that considers their needs above our own.

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The second aspect is service. Jesus said, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." He demonstrated this through His actions, washing His disciples' feet, healing the sick, feeding the hungry. He was always looking for ways to serve others, to meet their needs, to show them God's love. And that's what we're called to do as well. We're called to serve others, to look for ways to meet their needs, to show them God's love through our actions.

The third aspect is love. Jesus said, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." His love was not a superficial, fleeting emotion, but a deep, abiding commitment to the well-being of others. It was a love that led Him to the cross, a love that sacrificed everything for the sake of others. And that's the kind of love we're called to have as well. We're called to love others with a deep, abiding commitment to their well-being, a love that is willing to sacrifice for their sake.

The fourth aspect is sacrifice. Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." He demonstrated this by laying down His life for us, paying the ultimate price for our sins. He sacrificed His comfort, His dignity, His very life for our sake. And that's what we're called to do as well. We're called to sacrifice for others, to lay down our lives for their sake, to pay the price for their well-being.

Transition. Having a mind like Christ means embodying humility, service, love, and sacrifice. It means making daily choices that reflect these values, choices that shape our character and our lives. It's not an easy task, but with God's help, it is possible. And the reward is a life that truly glorifies God, a life that shines with the light of Christ.

Modeling Christ in Our Actions

As we continue to reflect on the powerful words of Philippians 2:1-5, we find ourselves drawn to the idea of modeling Christ in our actions ... View this full PRO sermon free with PRO

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