A favorite Bible passage for many is found in Philippians 2:5-8(NIV):
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
The King James Version uses the “mind” instead of “attitude.” Attitude may be a more accurate translation for 21st century hearers, but I also like to contemplate how the old English emphasizes the entire "mind" – the brain and heart– of Jesus Christ. He was totally focused on doing good to all; comforting and uplifting the lost, the hurting, the grieving; and completely self denying. That’s the attitude, the mind, of Christ, and that’s what Paul admonishes us to have.
There is a boy who we will call Joey. Joey is about eight years old. He has an incredible smile that warms the heart. His eyes shine bright like the sun. Those who come into contact with Joey can’t help but be uplifted by his attitude and zest for life.
Joey is not your typical boy however. You see, Joey has no legs. Since he was about two years old, he has used prosthetic legs. The first ones were very awkward and hard to maneuver his still growing and uncoordinated body. He was soon, however, able to be with bigger sets of legs without the assistance of a wheelchair. As he grew, he needed larger prosthetic legs and these were less awkward. Almost every year Joey would get a new pair of legs, and each pair would give him more freedom and the ability to play with kids his own age.
Now Joey enjoys playing golf, soccer, baseball, ice hockey, water skiing, and running races. In every picture of Joey, he always has that incredible smile, and one can not help but be touched by this little boy who is growing up without legs.
“Let this attitude (mind) be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.” I don’t know if Joey knows Jesus, but I know that Jesus knows him, and Joey has the mind that we should have; one that smiles and is content through all life’s situations, is sympathetic, is kind, and is caring to all just like Jesus is.
Do you have legs? And whose mind do you have?
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