A Needed Mindset
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”
My family went to Disney this past summer and as usual the crowds were enormous and it was incredibly hot. In that environment, it seems as if everyone is working so hard to be ahead of others. We do not like to wait and we especially do not like it if we feel someone has jumped ahead of us wrongfully. If we are not careful a “me first” mindset can overtake us at times. We live in such a fast paced world that this mindset often wins the day.
Not only are we in a hurry but there is a great desire within human nature to want to impress others and be recognized. A big danger is that we can even begin to think we are better than others.
The type of thinking described above runs so contrary to the mindset God desires for each of us to possess. God desires that we instead pursue living our lives with the “mind of Christ.” What is the mind of Christ? Philippians 2:5-8 describes the mind of Christ.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
The mind of Christ was about giving His life for us so that we might have not only eternal life but an abundant life here on earth. This passage tells us that He “humbled Himself.” In Philippians 2:3-4 above, Paul admonished us to do the same. Paul is instructing us to be humble and to think of others before ourselves.
The world desperately needs to see Christians with this kind of mindset. For way too long, the church has been known for what it is against and I think it is time for us to become known more for what we are for. I am convinced we should show the world that we are for loving and helping others. We must begin to look out and care for others before we think of ourselves. Talk about a radical lifestyle and mindset!
I leave you with a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that asks us all a very important question about our mindset: “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’” May God move on our hearts daily to love, care, and meet the needs of others!