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The Mind of Christ

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Set your minds on things that are above, not on things on earth.

  - Colossians 3.2

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, 6th century)

As Christians, we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2.16).

Take a moment and think about that: The mind of Him Who spoke the worlds into being, bore our sins in His own body on the cross, is seated in eternal glory at the right hand of God, and upholds the cosmos and everything in us - that mind is our mind.

We have the mind of Chrst!

Christ's mind is certainly broad. He understands everything about the whole creation and everything and everyone in it. He is interested in His creation. He loves it and pays attention to it continuously. His constant thinking about the world He has made is the only thing that keeps that world from ceasing to exist.

But He sees the creation, and all the daily situations and details of it, through an eternal lens. We have the mind of Christ; we should also be concerned to grow broad in our understanding of things and to maintain an eternal perspective on everything our mind entertains.

Christ also demonstrated a lowliness of mind. He put everything He knew and understood to work serving others, that they might come to possess His mind and all the benefits of eternal life. He put Himself aside in His thinking, embraced the Father's will, and took up the path of self-denial and self-sacrifice so that you and I could be made safe in Him.

We have the mind of Christ. Are we lowly and servant-like in our thinking about others? Do we use all our accumulated knowledge and understanding to touch others with the grace and truth of the Lord?

The only way to avoid the kind of knowledge that puffs up is to look for ways to use our thinking in the service of others, for the glory of the Lord.

By fixing our minds on Jesus Christ, exalted in glory, and by communing with Him there, we can know the power of His broad and lowly mind at work within us, advancing His Kingdom and spreading His love to others.

We have the mind of Christ. We will be thinking with the mind of Christ, rather than our own mind, when we seek expansive understanding of the many and varied works of Christ, and when we use what we are learning to serve the needs of those around us.

Think big, serve small.

That's the mind of Christ.

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T. M. Moore, Principal

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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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