A frequently remembered and quoted text is the apostle Paul’s encouragement to have the mind of Christ. But do we grasp the totality of his words?
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
Likely when reading this verse you raise up praise for what he did to make possible your salvation. This would be a just response. However, the words are not written to induce praise but a change of mind following the servant character of Jesus.
So the question must follow, “How did Jesus demonstrate what a servant is? Paul answers, “...humbled himself (though equal to God) and became obedient (to God his Father), so much so that he was willing to sacrifice himself , even to the point of death. Humility was the mind of Christ and the manifestation of this mind was his leaving his home in heaven and coming to this world as a man to give himself for the undeserving. Jesus the great missionary fulfilled the great commandment to love God and love others (Matt. 22:37-40).
So to have his mind is to have his ministry of service to sacrifice for the spiritual benefit of others. This is the foundation of all ministry and missions. Our life given for the lives of others. You can’t have his mind without the other.
I pray that you would give yourself to Paul’s encouragement to join our Lord in service and perpetuate his mission.