13 August 2012
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,…
…and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”
Philippians 2:5; Ephesians 4:23 (NKJV)
There’s not much room in our day and age for the amateur, the dabbler, the one whose interest is wider than a single activity. When we delve into history we find that many of the great from the past were what is known as polymaths—meaning that they were interested in all sorts of sciences and arts. Leonardo da Vinci was one; Sir Isaac Newton was another; Benjamin Franklin another. They may be celebrated for one particular activity, but they were interested in many.
Few of us are in that class of celebrity. But one of the other ways of ‘making it’ is to associate ourselves with someone who is famous, celebrated, a notable person, a VIP. But for us, those who may have missed out in this life’s 15 minutes of fame that we are all supposed to have, our association with our God—or rather his association with us—makes us Very Special People Indeed. Forget VIPs, we are VSPIs. And there aren’t so many of those!
And our God associates with us just so that some of that celebrity will rub off on to us. Not in looks, fashion or notoriety, but in mental and spiritual growth. When we are told that we are to “let this mind be in you….”, it is by very definition the very mind of God that is being talked about. Over time we are expected to change, not because it’s demanded of us, but because it is to our advantage. It represents a better future for us, as well as a better now. You know, many bosses try to hold off up-and-coming staff so that they can’t go on to replace them and eventually oust them. There’s no fear of that for our all-powerful God; so he’s happy to let us get as close to him as we will allow. Quite a thought that.
Most merciful Father, thank you that you have chosen us with whom to reveal yourself and associate with us. Help us to fully appreciate the opportunity this gives us to become more like you. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by John Stettaford