Summary: Having the mind of Christ is to love what He loved, and hate what He hated. Everyday we are called upon to imitate our Lord, reproducing His image, being more and more like Him, not only in the outward, but also in the inner life.
First Church of God in Harvey
Sunday Morning November 25th, 2012
Let us pray
"O Give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever." (Psalm 118: 1) “Oh, thank the Lord, for he is so good! His lovingkindness is forever.”
Last Sunday we said we should praise God anyhow. We should praise God continually; we should praise God openly, and we should praise God heartily. We should praise God, “At all times,” in every situation, under all circumstances, before, in and after trials in bright days of glee, and dark nights of fear..” They call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday,” it is time shoppers go looking for a bargain, if we were out looking for a bargain last Friday and did not get a bargain, we should still praise the Lord. The question is, how well did we praise the Lord during the course of last week? On Thanksgiving day in our Thanksgiving service we were told to bless or praise the Lord, and that we should not forget what God has done for us. The question is, how well have we been praising God since last Thursday?
Today is a new day, and once again we are called upon to praise the Lord. As the year 2012 rapidly draws to a close, we are called upon to praise the Lord. Let our praise not be one day of praise, but be a constant time of praise. Today we will be talking about having the mind of Christ, and if we truly have the mind of Christ, we will find the time to praise the Lord.
Our scripture reading for today will be taken from Philippians 2 verses 5 through 11.
Our topic for today is, Having The Mind of Christ. We will consider the following; Number 1..He humbled himself as a servant; Number 2..He appeared a man among men and Number 3..Exaltation is the reward of humiliation.
Just supposed for awhile you were on death row; you were charged with the crime of being a Christian, and you were asked if you had any last words to say. What do you think your last words would be? Would it be a call for mercy? Would it be a call for I don’t want to die? Would it be a call demonstrating your faith in Christ? Really, what would your last words be? Maybe this will never happen, but the possibility do exist. It would be a great thing to give some words of encouragement. Words such as, trust in the Lord; be faithful unto death; don’t give up; hold on; don’t be discouraged, and have the mind of Christ.
As the apostle Paul was nearing the end of his life he said, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” As Stephen was being accused and finally stoned for the crime of being a servant of God, he got a vision of heaven, and he saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. As stones came hitting him, this man of God knelt down and prayed, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” The question we might ask ourselves is, can we really forgive those who have wronged us? The answer can only be yes, if we truly have the mind of Christ.