Jesus is our good Shepherd. We are His sheep. He has made us saints and called us sons and daughters. This week in our daily devos we are focusing on our relationship with Him. Each day we will explore what it means to love Jesus, learn His ways and lead others to do the same. Thank you for making the CP devos part of your spiritual growth process. Make sure to invite others to read them, so that we, as a community of faith, are contemplating, meditating and learning together.
Hearing His Call
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”(Philippians 2:5-8)
As soon as you wake in the morning, your mind begins receiving messages through your phone, technology and media, your music, your friends and so on it goes.
The first choice you make is whether you will choose to focus on the mind of Christ, or whether you will simply go with the flow of messages coming your way. When we do not make a conscious effort to fill our mind with the character of Christ, then we must make separate choices throughout the day, and hope that we make the right ones each time. Life becomes more like a video game, where we play along toward the prize, hoping to avoid traps and enemy attacks.
This is not God’s intention. A life submitted in humility to the will of God and the way of God, is a life of adventure, inspiration, and purpose, one constantly looking for the best use of time and energy, specifically meeting needs and encouraging those in our circle of influence.
Pride has to be resisted because it comes naturally, but one can only be humble on purpose. The definition of humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking about yourself less.
We see the example of Christ, who humbled Himself on purpose in order to serve man and fulfill the will of God. To “let this mind be in you” you must choose to give Christ the first influence of your day and the first priority in your planning. This mind-set is essential if we are ever going to truly see people the way He did, feel the way He felt, and be willing to be an imitator of Christ.
Lord, I let go of the pressures of messages calling to me throughout the day, and humble myself to receive Your character of humility. May I arise tomorrow a servant, ready to hear Your call. Amen