The Mind of Christ
What is best in a mind? Breadth and lowliness; for every good thing can find room in a broad and lowly mind.
- Colman mac Beognai, Aipgitir Chrabaid (Irish, 7th century)
"For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 2.16
The mind of our Lord Jesus Christ is certainly broad and lowly. After all, He upholds the universe and all things in it by His Word of power (Heb. 1.3). Can't get broader than that. And He did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself and became a lowly servant unto our salvation (Phil. 2.5-11). Can't get more humble than that.
Breadth and humility. That's a pretty good outline for thinking about developing the mind of Christ which has been given to us. We should ever be seeking to enlarge our understanding and to improve our ability to think clearly. Reading, study, conversation - these are ways to a broader mind.
But a more humble mind comes through prayer and service. Only the Lord can enable us to set aside our own interests and agendas so that we pay more attention to the needs of others, regard them as more important than our own, and conceive ways of serving people with the love of Christ.
What a powerful combination of notions! A broad mind has room for as much new knowledge as we might be willing to embrace, and a humble mind has room for every person in need whom we might encounter each day. When we are submitting to and exercising the mind of Christ, this kind of breadth and humility will increasingly come to characterize our own thoughts and plans.
Let it be, Lord.
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