Summary: Sermon on the having the mind of Christ
OUT OF OUR MINDS!
It was in 1929 that a German scientist by that name of Hans Berger proved what many scientist had suspected for years that there is electrical activity in the brain. He proved that some of us run on 220 volts while other are running on about 110. Just kidding.
But his discovery led to the development of the, (pay attention now because this is the biggest word I have ever tried from the pulpit) elec-tro-en-see-fala-graph. What this device enabled medical personal to do was measure and record the electrical activity of the brain known as an EEG. This was found to be very helpful in diagnosing disorders and malfunctions of the brain. For the first time in history man was able to take a look at what was going on inside the brain.
We now have many modern devices which allow even a closer look at the brain. Thinks such as CAT scans and brain scans, all of which are very helpful to doctors.
But while we can see the function of the brain we cannot know that thoughts of that are inside. We cannot know what another person is thinking. This of course is for the better. As you can imagine what would happen if we could each others thoughts.
(Remember that Gilliagan island episode were they found those berries that let them read each other thoughts)
But let us say that it was possible for them to open up your mind and see what was in there. What would they find. I would say that if they could they would probably find some good stuff, but I also believe that they would find stuff that would bring to you much embarrassment and shame. I know they would with me.
If they could open our minds ups and have a look Paul tell us that what they would find in the mind of a Christian should be vastly different then what they would find in non-christian. Paul states what they should find in the mind of a Christian is the mind of Christ!
Let us look at our passage for today. Philippians chapter 2 verse 5;
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,"
In reading this what does it mean to you to have the mind of Christ? Let us take a look today at what scientist should find if they could look into the mind of a Christian. Let us look today at what the Word of God states is have the mind of Christ!
In doing this I just want to say that we will be looking at several other verse, you may want to jot these down and look then up later as you strive to have the mind of Christ.
In looking into this subject we can begin by saying that when they look inside the mind of Christian they should see that the Christian has the attitude of Christ. The Christian as the likes that Christ has. The Christian has the dislikes that Christ has. The mind of Christ is that mind that asks "What would Christ do in this situation?" It is a mind that seeks to imitate Christ in all that it does and thinks.
The mind of Christ would be one that is found to be asking questions such as, "Would Christ watch this movie?" Would Christ watch this TV program? Would he act the way I act at my job? Would he treat his family the way I treat my family? The mind of Christ is that which continues to ask itself "What would Christ do?"
And if you ever need the answer to that question just look it up in the Word of God. And I guarantee you will find it there.
So the mind of Christ is one that has the attitude of Christ and seeks to imitate Christ. Another thing the scientist would notice if they could look inside the mind of a Christian is that it is a renewed mind! It is a mind that is untainted by original sin, a mind that does not have it’s thoughts centered on this world, but on the things of above.
Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
A renewed mind as the scripture states is not that has been conformed to this world, but a mind that is concerned with the perfect will of God. It is mind that does not agree with the immorality of this world just because society states that it is OK. It is a mind that knows what is good and acceptable according to the will and word of God.