‘You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.’ Philippians 2:5 NLT
Have you ever planned an unselfish act, but held off on it until you had a place or time (or Facebook post) where people would see your work? Paul, writing today’s verse, had a challenge for that kind of humility. Rather than our own idea of what humility looks like, he told us to mimic Jesus’s style. The difference between His and ours is this: in a world where most things are centered around making us look good, Jesus’ mind was set on shining the light on God. How, on earth, are we supposed to replicate that?
Well, the original Greek Paul wrote in said that we should to have the same ‘mind’ as Jesus - to literally think like He did. Hmm. Suppose our best bet is to ask Him, then. When we put down our own agendas, and turn to Him empty handed, we’re open to help so many people. We’re surrounded with people everyday who could do with an others-focused helper who’ll put aside their own concerns and help them - and more than that, shine a light on God for them. The challenge is to put aside our mind that would naturally help only those who help us, and ask Jesus for His mind. Even daily. Willing to make that trade?
Load up a backpack, chock-a-block with whatever you can find that’ll make it weigh down. Spend half an hour going about whatever you’re doing with it on. Then, take it off. We’re much more free to help others when we aren’t carrying our own agendas.