Abide In Me – Part 3

Be Like Christ

The apostle Paul outlined the integrity and strength believers should live by—the character of Christ:

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me [Paul] truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (Philippians 2:1-5 NLT).

Christ-followers must think like Jesus and bear a resemblance of who he is. This may seem impossible unless you fully accept what Paul says here . . . for we have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16b NLT). In this manner, we will actually see the Father’s love when we take on this attitude, the mind of Christ.

Have This

In this letter, Paul encourages believers and builds them up. He strongly promotes unity in the love of Christ and tells how to do it:

  • Love one another as Jesus does and he (Paul) taught them
  • Be of the same mind and spirit
  • Have one purpose – seek God’s best

Do This

Then Paul exhorts believers concerning things we too often miss or dismiss as “oh that’s not me.” He says we must do the hard stuff in order to . . . have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had (Philippians 2:1-5 NLT).

  • Be humble – don’t let pride enter your daily life
  • Be selfless – not selfish which too often is our thought process
  • Be one who takes an interest in others – seek what others want too

In this manner, we will actually see the Father’s love when we take on the attitude, the mind of Christ.

Prayer: Father, I love that you show me what you desire. Keep me immersed in the light of your Word for true Life.

Abide In Me

This is the second in a series on abiding in me as Jesus said. The Apostle Paul uses the term in Christ 53 times throughout Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. He discloses the benefits, blessings, new character, and empowerment that accompany being in Christ. Our citizenship in heaven is by faith in Christ.

Faith

Paul tells believers that by faith in Christ, they are justified and become sons of God. Plus, their faith working through love brings them in to a special relationship with the Father, . . . so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Galatians 3:14b NASB).

The author of Hebrews gives us a deeper understanding of faith:

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. For by this [kind of] faith the men of old gained [divine] approval.  By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:1-3 Amplified).

Strength

Paul hears reports of believers’ good discipline and the stability of their faith (Colossians 2:5). He rejoices at their new character and growth as they mature in Christ. The apostle affirms believers even when he cannot be with them to teach and encourage them himself.

Mystery

Paul tells believers there is something special and powerful with their position in Christ. It’s a mystery hidden for generations—Christ lives in you! This gives you assurance of sharing his glory (Colossians 1:26,27b). What a glorious promise. Our citizenship in heaven is by faith in Christ.

Prayer: Father, thank you for your plan that Christ could live in us. I praise you for providing this glorious way to be in relationship with you.