Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.Philippians 2:5
Do you remember the Dr. Suess story about Horton sitting on an egg for Mazie and hatching it? Well, if you don’t, I’m going to spoil the story for you; Mazie was devastated to see what came out of her egg. It wasn’t a bird like her, but one like Horton. Mazie’s egg was changed by the loving time that Horton put into it, so much so that what came out looked more like a Horton with wings than a Mazie.
It’s true isn’t it, that we begin to look like those who we spend most of our time with. It’s simple math really, add their personality to yours and you come up with a personality and life that is hugely changed by the one you’ve added. That’s why the life of the believer is such a dynamic thing; it’s always changing, always growing. It’s a fact that you cannot spend a huge amount of time with your Savior and not become more like Him, and that’s true spiritual growth. Having the mind of Christ isn’t something that comes at conversion and stays at full power whether you mind it or not. The mind of Christ is something you have from spending so much time with Him, from getting to know Him, from studying His Word, and from talking with Him about your life. I mentioned this in an earlier devotional, that Madeleine L’Engle wrote in her book, A Wrinkle in Time, that, “Believing takes practice.” How true that is. You first believe and you are saved, but you cannot stop there. Believing takes practice, daily practice knowing, trusting, and following Christ.
Questions to ponder
How much time do you spend each day thinking about God?
How much more time could you do that?
What are some ways or circumstances in your day that can remind you to think about Him more?