Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 8, 2009
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 8, 2009
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Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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The beautiful mind of Christ
"Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ
Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something
to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking
the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death -- even
death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him
the name that is above every name, so that at the
name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven
and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue
should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father."
What is on your mind today? My beloved grandmother
often remarked that if our true thoughts were ever
known, most of us would probably be arrested. The
mind may forever be a mystery to scientists and
physicians, as they strive to understand the
origins of human behaviors and find cures for
mental illnesses. Certain thoughts can be harmful
to others and ourselves, if we act on them.
As a minister, I often ask people what they are
thinking. Whether we share our thoughts
selectively or freely with others, I believe
people of faith need to cultivate the mind of
Christ, for as we think, we often become.
Today's Bible verses offer us insight into the
mind of Christ, through the words of an early
hymn of the Christian church. Because first
century Christians lacked easy access to written
materials about Christ, and many were illiterate,
singing hymns helped them grow stronger in their
faith, while passing on the truths of the Gospel
to others. Countless generations of faithful
believers have been strengthened through this
particular hymn of praise, singing it in many
different forms and chants, in their search to
understand and experience the beautiful mind
of Jesus. Perhaps you too, have sung some of
these phrases, "every knee shall bow, every
tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord."
Now who among us can understand the mind of
God? Our finite minds will never fully grasp
the beautiful mind of Christ on this side of
eternity. But today's Bible passage helps.
Although Jesus has always coexisted with the
Creator as an equal part of the Godhead, he
willingly humbled himself to walk among us
in human form. Christ voluntarily gave up
his heavenly privilege, glory, and comfort,
to share human hardships while confronting
evil. He took upon himself the lowliest
servant lifestyle imaginable, working as an
impoverished carpenter, living in relative
obscurity. He chose to work with his hands
in rough, menial labor and eat peasant food.
But there is more to his story. Jesus was
ever mindful of God's plan for his life,
knowing he was destined to die a shameful,
horrific death on a cross for the sins of the
entire world. Because of Jesus' willingness
to suffer and die, God has forever exalted
the name of Jesus Christ above all other
names in the world. While other religions
have much to teach us, it is only the name
of Jesus that will someday bring us all to
our knees in adoration, uniting our voices
in praises to our Creator. Every knee shall
bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ
My mind is nowhere near the mind of Christ.
With you, I struggle with less than noble
thoughts. As a sinful humanity, we have
self-serving thoughts and ambitions, often
at the expense of others. But here is the
hope of the Gospel, as I understand it.
Through prayer, familiarization with the
scriptures, and cultivating a lifestyle
of worship, we can experience in part, the
beautiful mind of Christ. We can become
less selfish and arrogant, while growing
ever more loving and thoughtful of others.
The mind of Christ transforms, redeems, and
reconciles us with God. Truly, this is
something to sing about.
Oh God, give us the beautiful mind of Christ
and transform our ways of thinking and
interacting with people. Empower us to
think his thoughts in safety and in danger,
in comfort and privation, in life and death.
Grace and peace,
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