“Let His mindset become your motivation” Philippians 2:5b
TD Jakes challenged readers in his book “Instincts” to:
“Always connect with those who transform your limitations
rather than with those who duplicate you.”
The people around you matter. The Christian walk is not a solo event. Especially in times of transitions, we need the right people around us. Those who duplicate us can’t transform our limitations. We have to live surrounded with a crowd of witnesses like the one we read about in Hebrews 12:1.
What characterizes this crowd?
Glad you asked. This crowd is characterized as those committed to the process of letting go of everything from their past. That included everything that had broken their stride in the race laid out before them. This crowd is characterized as those who run the race connected to this truth: “God is passionately invested in developing us into someone we could never be without His direction and intervention”. This crowd offers no excuses.
This crowd personifies toughness. They run focused on the author and finisher of their faith. They run as Jesus did, focused on the purpose of living a life that pleased the Father. This crowd allows the joy of the Lord to be their strength in trying times, even when those times leave them scattered. They strategize ways to keep running. This crowd is always moving forward. Satan struggles to hit moving targets. Re-read that and let that sink in. Spiritual toughness matters. Are you moving forward are not. Movement matters. Now matters.
Take stock today. Is your mindset thrown off by your hits and misses in this life? Do transitions alter your focus? What frames your mindset? Whose mindset motivates you? Paul always found a way to be strong in his broken and scattered places. His toughness outlived his adversaries. How? His toughness was anchored to His Saviour’s “why”! Like Jesus, Paul lived to please his Heavenly Father. Is that your “why”?
The strength in your race will only be found in Jesus. He uses those you place around you to help you transform your limitations. Their challenging lifestyles should motivate you to duplicate Christ’s mindset. Finally, whose limitations are you helping to transform. Are you part of the crowd written about in Hebrews 12:1? Are you that kind of influencer?
“…in authentic humility put other’s first and view others as more important than yourselves. Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests. And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let his mindset become your motivation”. Philippians 2:3b-5
TODAY’S TAKEAWAY: Serve others through every transition in life by living a transformed life motivated to serve others. How? In scattered times allow Christ’s mindset to be your sole motivation. Why? People matter. Toughness matters. People around you matter.