What Does It Really Mean to Think Like Jesus? Can We Share His Thoughts?
Pastor Rick Warren says: “What does it mean to think like Jesus? Is it really possible to have his same thoughts, the same attitude, and the same reactions?
In 1 Corinthians 2:16, Paul says, ‘We can understand these things, because we now have the mind of Christ.'”
In this video message, Pastor Rick Warren goes through 10 characteristics of a person who thinks like Jesus.
10 Characteristics – Thinking with the Mind of Christ
I was so intrigued with Pastor Warren’s video, I jotted down the main points of his sermon. Take a moment to watch and study these 10 common traits for thinking like Jesus.
ONE: I know exactly who I am
Jesus knew exactly who He was. John 14:6 says “I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life.”
TWO: I know God’s purpose for my life
John 8:14 mentions this. It states; “I know where I came from and where I am going.”
THREE: When I have the mind of Christ, I’m always aware that God is with me
John 16:32 “I am not alone because the Father is always with me.” When we know this, we do not have to be lonely any longer. Through constant prayer, we know God is with us.
FOUR: I let God help me choose my words
Jesus says in John 12:49, “I have not spoken on my own. Instead, the Father who sent me tells me what I should say and how I should say it.” What could this do for our relationships if we speak from the mind of Christ?
FIVE: I don’t worry about pleasing everyone
If we focus only on pleasing God, we don’t have to please everyone else. Jesus said: “I only try to please the One who sent me.” ~ John 5:30 Should we live for what other people think – or what God thinks?
SIX: I depend on God’s power, instead of my own
John 5:19 – “I assure you, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He can only do what He sees His Father doing.”
Shouldn’t we be that dependent upon God? Pastor Warren says that human power runs out – But God’s power never fades.
SEVEN: I forgive my enemies, and those who hurt me
This is a tough one for me. How about you?
The famous phrase by Jesus is found in Luke 23:34. Even on the cross as He hung dying, Jesus said: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” We forgive because we have been forgiven by God.
Can we at least make the effort?
EIGHT: I am willing to sacrifice for others
John 10:14-15: “I am the good shepherd… and I lay down my life for the sheep.” Pastor Warren also quotes John 3:16.
But, here is 1 John 3:16. It says: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for each other.”
NINE: I want to do God’s will, not mine
John 6:38 covers this trait for the mind of Christ. It simply states: “I came…to do what God wants me to do, not what I want to do.”
We can all take this verse to heart, can’t we?
We live in a self-centered world. But, that’s not the mind of Jesus.
One of the most famous verses covering how Jesus thought comes from Mark 14:36. Most of us have heard this one.
On the night before Jesus went through the pain and suffering; then the cross for us, He prayed: “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
TEN: I think with an eternal perspective
We mostly live in the here and now. But, what would life be like if we live knowing we will have eternal life after this one?
The Bible says of Christ in Hebrews 12:2; “Jesus was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterward. Now He is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven.”
When we go to that perspective for our lives, desperation and depression become less dominant.
Am I saying Christians will not have problems? No. But, if we think eternal, the problems of today will be like the one’s of yesterday.
I heard a saying once which stated: “Today is the day I worried about yesterday.”
Yes, the future of thi is unknown. So, we can only live in the present – knowing our future is sealed by God for everlasting life.
Pastor Rick Warren did a fantastic job of explaining how to get the mind of Christ and I suggest watching the entire video before you leave.
He explains much more than I can and I believe you will walk away with more knowledge and understanding of what being a Christian really means.
Love in Christ,
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