In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus – Philippians 2:5
We are almost hours away from the dawning of a New Year and what a year thus far 2021 has been; not only change and decay in all around we see, but high praise to a great God from whom all blessings flow!
It is time for resolutions as to what to do and what not to do in 2022, to be or not to be, to quit or not to quit, to climb higher or be satisfied on the low rung of the ladder of success. How are you with your resolve? Are you being spiritually saturated with the love that comes from the father above?
It is amazing how many who have been fortunate to achieve wealth, fame and fortune, forget from whence they have come and take no thought about the plight of the poor. The reason for the season of Christmas is that God gave the best he had, his only begotten son, as a ransom for man’s redemption.
The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippian Christians was to thank them for the gift which they had sent to help him in his time of need, and also encourage them to be bold and confident despite him being in prison.
In the words of our text today, he pleads with the Philippians to have the humble attitude of Jesus and not to let selfish ambition enter into their thoughts.
If we are going to be a nation where righteousness will take us to heights of excellence in words, work, thoughts, deeds and actions, then we will have to adopt the mindset of Jesus. Jesus was not about hoarding wealth and ignoring the needs of the underprivileged, nor was he about speaking ill of others, standing in the way of their progress and upward mobility, mingling in unsavory and unscrupulous actions, defying the law and abusing positions of trust and responsibilities.
One of the songs we sang as children at morning devotions was, “Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, Look upon a little child; Pity my simplicity, Suffer me to come to Thee.”
Forgetting deeds and actions of the past, it is time for us to change our lifestyle if it is not Christ-like. Our lives are so structured by divine design on a day-by-day allowance. After each day we become dormant until awakened for the next new day. So why are many of us living our lives as if we are given unlimited years at a time? Each new day is a gift to be used wisely and prudently.
It is time for a complete renewal and acquisition – for many of us to adopt a mind that is filled with love, justice, peace and harmony, not for the few but the many. Can you imagine our nation having a complete turnaround from our errant and rebellious ways? The murder rate will drastically decline; stealing from our neighbors and our employers would be a no-no; family life will not be assaulted; children would honor their father and their mother; the brothers would become the brotherhood; sinners would become saints and saints will confess that they have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Dear faithful readers, I join with the Apostle Paul as he prays. I thank my God for you every time I think of you, and I pray for you all who helped me in the work of the gospel. This New Year I am sure that God, who began his good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished. Continue to let Christ Jesus be your guiding light.