Discipleship | Lesson 3 | Devotion 3
Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Life gets tough. Temptations become difficult to ignore. Sometimes, you feel that you simply cannot go on any longer. All of these are common feelings for the normal human being living in today’s culture. Unfortunately, those feelings do not get wiped away with a new faith in Christ. What does occur with faith in Christ is that power is given to the Christian to overcome these things through Christ, and Christians become an example of overcoming. Several times in Scripture, we see that Jesus Christ was God, but He was tempted like a man.
In Matthew 4, Satan tempted Christ when He was at His weakest. Jesus responded with Scripture to overcome the temptation. In Hebrews 4:15 the Bible says, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” In the passage we just read, we see Jesus was God while on this earth.
We will never be sinless on this earth as Christ was sinless on this earth, but in Philippians 2:5 we are given a challenge when it says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” As you grow in your faith on this discipleship journey, the goal is that you become more like Christ. This is the goal of every Christian. The goal of your life is not to become like your mentor, or a church staff member, or even our pastor. All of these are great influences in your spiritual life, but we should measure ourselves against Jesus Christ.
As Christians become a more clear picture of Jesus Christ, not only do our lives change, but those around notice as well. Take some time today and allow the Holy Spirit to show you some ways that you can look and act more like Christ.