As I read this passage this morning, it hit me: What’s the difference between the mind of God and the mind of Christ? They are one. Jesus is somehow God incarnate in human flesh, come to provide the full payment for salvation, saving His people. Is the mind of Christ not the mind of God? What is the difference that I need to glean from this passage?
The answer that hit me before the questions came to query me is so simple and so for me in this day. Jesus did not instruct God; nor did He have an attitude of knowing everything God knows. Jesus sought to follow God’s instruction. He had a mind set on God, seeking Him, searching for the heart of His way, watching for signs of His presence and work so as to join Him there.
We have the mind of Christ. That does not mean that we know what He knows, though we have access to His knowledge as we seek Him, just as He did God’s. Our having the mind of Christ means that we should have a mindset like His, set on God, seeking to follow His instruction, searching for His heart, watching for signs of His presence and work so as to join Him there.
Can God tell us what’s on His mind? You bet He can. Are we to walk through life with an air of knowing all He knows? Such arrogance is foolhardy. We, who follow Christ should have the mind of Christ, a mind after God’s own heart. The challenge is learning to walk in it as He did. May we be found faithful doing so.