8th September 2020

Visiting the Dentist

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 2:5 (NKJV)

Going to the dentist for a check up is not one of my favourite things to do. So I was pleased when the recent lockdown meant my appointment was cancelled. Sadly, I have a very efficient dentist, so they contacted me to arrange a new appointment recently. The good news is that my teeth are fine and I don’t need to go for another check up for 12 months.

As I was sitting in the chair, mouth wide open, with the dentist poking and prodding each of my teeth in turn, an idea came to me. Wouldn’t it be great if, as Christians, we could have a ‘mind check-up’? When we read and think about the scripture above, how nice it would be to visit a Mind Specialist who could say you have 1%, 10% or even a higher percentage of the mind of Christ! Could we ever reach say 50% or better?

It is a silly idea, but as humans don’t we like to be able to achieve things, to have goals to stretch us and encourage us when we hit them. So if our goal is to learn Spanish the result is measurable and we know when and if we have succeeded. Wouldn’t it be nice to know how we are succeeding in developing the mind of Christ? To know that we are becoming less carnal in our approach to life, less judgmental, less critical and far more loving, kind and patient. We know, of course, from reading Romans 7:14 to Romans 8:17 that letting the mind of Christ be in us is a lifelong task. We can know and understand the theory but struggle with the practice, as Paul tells us in these verses. So how can we measure our progress? Perhaps the answer is when we become more aware of when our carnal mind and nature is leading us, then we realise we need to change direction. The mind of Christ does not sin, accept sin or compromise with sin. So when the alarm bells ring mentally for us and we consciously try to change our attitude, our approach and our actions to be more Christ- like, then we know that gradually the mind of Christ is developing in us. Doubtless there will be good days and bad days in our lives but we need to remember the word, ‘let’—the more we yield our lives to Christ, to let Christ work in us and through us, the more progress we will make.

However badly we think we are doing, never forget it is Christ who has already given us the victory. It is not a life and death fight for us, it is a path to eternal life along which we walk. In fact we do have a mind specialist watching over us, checking on us in a positive way, guaranteeing us success, holding our hand—our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 41:13).

Prayer
Loving, powerful Father, help us to surrender our lives to you willingly, in absolute confidence and trust, not trying to do things in our own strength but rather by allowing Jesus to work in us and through us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone:  01484-312347
Email: leeds@gracecom.church

 

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