Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave them right to
become children of God. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has
gone, the new has come – John 1:12; 2 Cor. 5:17.
The ultimate aim of our redemption is to be delivered from the kingdom of Satan – Acts 26:18 in
order to serve God “in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days” – Eph. 1:4.
Therefore every child of God must aim at a life of holiness and righteousness in this evil and
depraved world. This lifestyle of holiness is lived in God’s presence day by day and in His own
power – Dr Charles R. Swindoll.
When we come to Christ we are made brand new beings by the very Spirit of God and given
new life – lives controlled by God. Christians are not reformed, rehabilitated or even re-
educated but we are new creations – created anew – recreated and living in vital union with
All this means that as Christians, we should have a mind-set which is based on our new being.
We should have new perspectives, new ideas, new thoughts, new principles. We should go
back to the very basics – to the life that God wanted for us when He created us and which – He
sent Jesus Christ to model for us.
God created us pure and innocent but when sin entered our lives, shame, awkwardness
selfishness and self-centredness became our nature – Gen. 3:8-10. Indeed we can all say that
before we believed in Christ our nature was evil. We were disobedient, rebellious and ignored
God with all our heart, soul and mind. Many of us lived in depravity and wantonness.
Now however God, through Christ has given us a new nature, one that is filled with God’s love
and drawn towards fellowship with God and with one another. As Christians, we have to
acknowledge Christ Jesus as Lord of our lives and continue to follow His leadership by being
rooted, built up and strengthened in Him by faith – Eph. 3:17-19.
We need to submit our wills to Him – Rom. 12:1-2
We need to learn from Him, from His life and His teachings – Col. 3:10
We need to recognise the power of the Holy Spirit in us – transforming our thought life and
helping us with our lifestyle – Acts 1:8; Gal. 5:22.
As we read in 1 Cor. 2:16, having the mind of Christ means that through the guidance of the
Holy Spirit we have insight into some of God’s plans, thoughts and actions as we spend time
with God through Bible Study and prayer, not forgetting other spiritual disciplines.
A New Mind-Set
Are we spending enough time with Christ to have His mind in us? So what is this mind of Christ
that would transform our own minds? In Phil. 2:5-11 we read that Christ was humble, meek
and gentle – He was equal with God but He did not insist on His rights – He lay them down and
took the form of a servant. What about us? Most of us stand on our rights – so-called rights
that come from our old nature – the nature that Christ took away on the cross. How very
foolish of us to want to cling to something that is dead and rotten – belonging to the graveyard.
Our insistence on our rights leads us to selfishness, pride and all forms of evil – Eph. 4:17-5:21.
As believers our mind set should be different – we should lay aside our rights in order to serve
others knowing that in serving them we are serving Christ – being like Him. We should develop
Christ’s attitude of humility as we serve even if nobody will give us awards for such service. In
fact sometimes we will get insults but then so did Christ – 1 Pet. 3:23; Heb. 12:3.
More Like Christ
We must allow the Holy Spirit to train us to think and act like Christ. If we do not allow the Holy
Spirit to help us to store Christ’s thoughts in our memory bank, we will retain all the wrong
thoughts of our sinful nature. The sinful mind is hostile to God, it does not submit to God’s
law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God – Rom. 8:7-8.
Praise God! Our loving God and Father is committed to the task of conforming us to the image
of His Son – He is working on us, changing our thoughts so that our character will reflect that of
His Son in patience, in gentleness, in goodness, in grace, in truth, in discipline. God is
committed to conforming our inner lives to His own character. Everyone is a product of what
he or she thinks about. If our thoughts are pure – we will be loving, kind, compassionate,
forgiving and gracious. If our thoughts are evil – you know what follows.
I pray that we will not be like the Corinthian Christians whom Paul calls infants in Christ and
worldly (carnal) because they were filled with jealousy and strife – they did not behave as if
they had the mind of Christ. – 1 Cor. 3: 1-3
Let me ask :– upon what do you spend most of your mental energy? If we do not spend the
greatest part of our mental energy on the Lordship of Christ, we will be like the man who built
his house on sand as Jesus teaches in Matt. 7:26-27 – But everyone who hears these words of
mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the wind blew and beat against that house, and it
fell with a great crash.”
The Christian mind should be one filled with joy – the joy of the Lord and confident hope in
God’s eternal goodness – one that can say with the Psalmist in Ps. 46:1-3 & 7. The Christian
mind is one that seeks to give God his best because he has received the best from God – Phil.
4:8 – “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is
pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy –
think about such things.”
To be continued!
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