Becoming Like Christ
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.
Before the advent of law schools and medical schools, aspiring attorneys and physicians learned their craft by apprenticing. They would attach themselves to a practicing professional and work by his side until they became like him and could go out on their own. The idea was, “Just watch what I do and do the same thing yourself.”
Paul had a similar thought in mind when he wrote to the Philippians, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). He wanted the Philippians to be like Christ in a particular area of life: humility. When Christ entered the world, He humbled Himself by giving up any aspiration except that which was the Father’s purpose for His life. He set aside His rights and prerogatives as the Son of God and humbled Himself, taking on the lifestyle and behavior of a servant. In that way, Christ fulfilled God’s purpose for His life. His purpose was to know and carry out God’s purpose for His life.
If we are to fulfill God’s purpose for our life, we will become like Jesus. We will humble ourselves before God and say, “Not my will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). When our purpose is to fulfill God’s purpose, His will will be done.
The surest mark of true conversion is humility.
J. C. Ryle