My friend ended his email: “But in more specific areas, such as “Let your mind be that of Christ Jesus,” how do we ever have a mind like His? Friend, don’t feel a compulsion even to respond, for as I said, the act of getting this off my chest, though I have some awareness of the answers, is energizing.”
Yes, energizing, but daunting. Engaging in the struggle to know and understand God is not an academic pursuit. The task, for me, has been daunting, humbling, energizing, discouraging, etc. Suffering was an inevitable part of Christ’s life. Through it, He learned obedience. Why should my life be trouble-free?
Jesus surrendered himself to the ultimate of daunting tasks. Paul describes it in a nutshell: “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”, Philippians 2:1-8.
There we have it. It is not about us. But, it is for Christ and for us. Be energized my friend. I am blessed to have been able to share some of the journey with you! Love you!