In His Mind

In the 1950’s there was a best-selling religious book entitled In His Steps.   The thesis of this book was that, when one is confronted with any situation, the action or actions which should be taken would ideally be the same as the actions of Jesus; thus, one would walk ‘ in the steps of the Savior’.  This is without a doubt a worthy goal.   However, perhaps a more fundamental thesis would be “IN HIS MIND”.   The apostle Paul says in the letter to the Philippians, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…”.   (Philippians 2:5)   J.B. Phillips’ translation uses “attitude in you” in place of “mind in you”.   For many years, I have taught a study of the Beatitudes as found in Matthew 5:1-13, often calling it a study of “the Heart of Jesus”, because I believe that the eight attitudes presented in those verses completely encompass Jesus’ heart.  Indeed, Jesus is “the supreme example” of each of those attitudes.  It is no accident that God, in His infinite wisdom, has Jesus begin his public ministry with these profound verses, which are the basis for the Sermon on the Mount, as found in chapters five, six, and seven of the book of Matthew.   And, indeed, they are no doubt also the basis for the Law of Christ, the “perfect law of liberty” (James 1:23 KJV) “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.   Do what it says.   Those who listen to the word but do not do what it says are like people who look at their faces in a mirror and, after looking at themselves, go away and immediately forget what they look like.  But those who look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continue in it–not forgetting what they have heard but doing it–they will be blessed in what they do.”   (James 1:22-25  NASV) 

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