Not my will, but thine be done

We must aim to have the mind of Christ. Is there any other way to really live? The answer is obviously “No”; the only way to live is to recognise the real “us” and as a result focus our minds on eternal ways of thinking and living.

“Not my will, but thine be done”

(April 8)

The real “us” is our minds! Oh yes, we have bodies of all shapes and sizes! But in a sense that does not count; the real ‘you’ and the real ‘me’ is what goes on inside our heads! Now this is the point that Paul is making in writing to the Philippians. If groups of believers who meet together to serve the Lord Jesus, have “the same mind” (Philippians 2:2), it is very important.

Note what he then goes on to write! He states that Jesus Christ set the example of the kind of mind we should have! How did he do that? What kind of mind is that? We read that he

“did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men … he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death … therefore God has highly exalted him” (Philippians 2:6-9).

Jesus set the example of the kind of mind God is looking to see. This is the kind of person we should aim to be.

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Jesus praying to the One and only One God, giving himself in His hands saying that not his will but the Will of God may be done. – Bruley chapelle du Rosaire Gethsémani – Céramiques du XIXe siècle

Some people are confused by the thought that Jesus is the example of this! Why? Because they have been taught that Jesus is a part of God. This is a misunderstanding; he became part of God because of his obedience to God’s will. Remember how he prayed,

not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42).

Now in tomorrow’s (April 9) Philippians reading, we will see how we can become, in a sense, part of God. Paul writes of true believers, that their

“citizenship is in heaven and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body …” (Philippians 3:20)

and so become

“priests of God and of Christ and Christ and they will reign with him …” (Revelation 20:6).

We must aim to “have this mind”. Is there any other way to really live? The answer is obviously “No” the only way to live is to recognise the real “us” and as a result focus our minds on eternal ways of thinking and living.

The Christadelphian

Continues with: Easter holiday, fun and rejoicing

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  • The Great Mistrial (or Go to Dark Gethsemane): 17. Lights Out (johnny-newman.com)
    Jesus Christ crucified, bled and died
    To save our lives
    Giver of boundless love
    Faithful one to you we run
    Every knee will bow, every tongue will shout
    Jesus is the Lord, Jesus is the Lord
    Every eye will see the coming of the King
  • Happy Easter! (lonelyconservative.com)
    Almighty God, who through your only begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life
  • Creflo Dollar’s Plea for More Dollars (burningfireshutinmybones.wordpress.com)
    to deceiving many good men and women who are seeking the truth, these false teachers and false prophets also fleece their followers.
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    These men and women make the proud and boastful claim that they need your money in order to save a lost and dying world.  However, when Jesus walked this earth as a man, He touched the hearts of a lost and dying world, without pilfering anyone for money.
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    Paul wasn’t interested in how much money he could get out of believers; he wanted to win their hearts.  Paul truly sought to save a lost and dying world.  Today’s televangelists, evangelists, teachers and various other ministries could learn from his example.  For though many of these ministries claim they want to seek and save the lost, their lifestyles paint a different picture.
  • Going to Heaven? (minkyweasel.com)
    The Bible clearly identifies Jesus as the only means of salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:9–11). Believing in Jesus and his unique work (Acts 2:37–39; 16:31; Romans 10:9) is the only way to gain access to God’s forgiveness.
  • Earthly benefits of following Christ (yoursuccessinspirer.com)
    There are clear eternal benefits
    Of following Christ;
    There are also enormous earthly benefits
    Of following Christ;
    Total dedication to Christ;
    Surrendering to him fully,
    Will lead you to greatness.
    If you want to be great;
    To make your mark in life;
    To carve out a place for yourself in this world,
    One way is open:
    Follow the Lord Jesus Christ;
    And follow him well.
  • A New Life (birdchirp.wordpress.com)
    The putting on the new man is the counterpart of the putting off the old man, and what that is Paul explains when he says, ‘that ye put off concerning the former conversation–that is, concerning your former way of life–the old man, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind’ (Eph. 3:22, 23). Our old ways and character are to be laid aside, and therefore to put on the new man is to assume a new character and new ways.
  • Tuesday in Easter Week (emmanuelchatham.typepad.com)
    O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory
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