Marriage and Family Meditations L I (51)
Psalm 104:34 May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the LORD.
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Marriage–Christ and the Church
The Mind of Christ
Dear Loved Ones, Family and Friends,
How great it was to see so many people filling the sanctuary on Easter Sunday and singing and praising the Lord together. How sweet it is to see familiar faces coming through the doors and greeting one another in the love of Jesus. As we continue to think about the phenomena of Easter and Christmas it seems natural to wonder what impact and power the body of Christ would have if this zeal to be at Church and to listen to God’s word was a year round practice.
It is not hard to understand how the pressures and challenges of this world can demand much or all of our attention. Employers are demanding more and more time on the job, family activities, school, recreation, and social life can demand more and more of our time and thoughts. If we are not diligent and careful to keep our Spiritual priorities straight they can get muddled and we can drift away from the most important relationship we have with our Creator God through the Lord Jesus.
Remember the scripture that was shared in the last post on this site?
Ephesians 2:4 – 7 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
We looked at this passage and were encouraged to think about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the significant meaning it has to us who also are raised together with Him and sit together with Him in heavenly places. It is one passage of many in the Bible which teaches us how precious and important our relationship with Jesus is. Another encouraging passage in Scripture that reveals the preciousness of our relationship with Jesus is found in John 17:22 -26, here Jesus prays about our relationship with Him.
“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. “O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. “And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
The very source of our life is in heaven, in Jesus Christ and the Father, for we have been united with Him by the Father that we may behold the glory which is given to our Lord, that the love of the Father for the Son may be in us, as He is in us.
Who ever coined the phrase “you are so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good” did not understand the preciousness of having a personal loving relationship with the Lord Jesus, and the dramatic mind changing impact it has on those who do.
Philippians 2: 1 – 4 “Therefore if there is any (since there is) consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Just like Jesus)
Think of the dramatic impact Paul’s exhortation would have on the body of Christ, in our homes , and our other relationships, if we truly had the mind of Christ in the choices and conduct of our lives. What if unlike the world we did nothing through selfish ambition or conceit, and truly esteemed others better than ourselves? What if we looked out not only for our own interests, but also looked out for the interests of others? This is our calling… let this truly be our ambition in this life, to be heavenly minded… to have the “Mind of Christ.”
Love and Blessings as we submit to our Lord … Vince