A Heart Like His
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus:”
There are, in bible study, certain passages of scripture which will put you immediately in mind of other passages every time that you read them. For me, one of these passages is Philippians 2:5. Every time I read this verse I ask myself just what would be the mind of Christ and I think of Hebrews 12:1-2 where we read,
Heb 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Looking at this verse, and back again at Philippians 2:5 we can see a great deal more of the significance of either passage. Look again at Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus:”
According to Noah Webster the mind is the seat of the emotions. And also, according to Mr. Webster the heart is the seat of the emotions. Although we do know and understand that the dictionary is not the divine, inspired word of God, it is still one of our most valuable tools in bible study. And I believe that we can see the obvious truth that the heart and mind are the same thing, or the same place in the human psyche. With this in mind, I want us to look again at out text and with the help of God consider the topic of “Having a heart like His.”
Being a Christian is simply to be Christ-like. We are to be like Him. This is the will of God for us; That we should be conformed to the image of His Son. It it to this end that we, as those that God foreknew in Romans chapter eight, are predestinated. I know that this word and this passage in Romans eight is badly misused and abused by the religious people of the world. But the ignorance and foolishness of those is no reason for us to be afraid to be honest about this truth. God, in His foreknowledge has pre-determined that those who will be saved are to be conformed to the image of His own Precious Son. It is just that simple. In being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, then, we would grow and mature to the place that we would begin to have a heart like His. We would begin to think like He does about some things; to share His desires and affections for others, especially the Church. We would be more like Him.
To be like Jesus Christ means that we would have some things in common with Him. I do understand that we must grow to the place that we reflect Him in our daily lives, but more importantly, that we feel like Him in our hearts: For it is from the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaketh. I like the way that Pastor Mac Phillips puts it. “What’s in the well is gonna come up in the bucket.” Plain and simple, what we are on the inside is going to show up on the outside. God help us to get to the place that we endeavor to reflect our Lord and Saviour in every aspect of our lives.
When we begin to have a heart like His we will know some differences in our own selves that can not be hid. There will be evidences within ourselves that tell us who we are that go right along with the outer evidences that show the world who we are. When we have a heart like His we will…
I. SHARE HIS CONCERNS…
A. His concern was for all men
1. He came because He loved us all and all who will are welcome to come and drink of the water of life freely.
2. We should love all people alike
a. we like to choose those that we would want to save don’t we. Praise God that He did not leave that to us but He is willing to receive all that will come to Him in repentance.
B. He was concerned for us (Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
1. Loved us before we knew Him
2. Therefore we should love those around us
II. SHARE HIS COMPASSION
Matthew 9:36, Matthew 14:14
Jesus was moved with compassion for the multitudes
Jesus was moved with compassion for the individual
And of course we all are familiar with John 11:35, compassion Mark 10:21- Jesus loved that rich young ruler
III. SERVE HIS COMMISSION (to carry the gospel)
A. Have a heart to see His work carried on
1. at home
2. and abroad
IV. Sound the call (His call) to the lost
“all ye that labour and are heavy laden”
V. Immitate His consistency
“Whosoever will, let him come and drink”
A. He loved all
B. He cared for all
C. He calls for all
God doesn’t cull but many refuse, we shouldn’t cull though many refuse
We need to seek to have a heart like His. There is so much to do, there are so many to reach and there is so little time. Sometimes it seems hopeless. We must remember, we were too one day. But God had a heart for you, He had a heart for me. We don’t need to give up, don’t need to quit.
(2Peter 3:9) The Lord is waiting because he doesn’t want any to be lost. Many will, but it will not be His fault.
Do you have a heart like his? What are your concerns, your desires, your wishes? They ought to be
1. to bring Glory to Him
2. to see sinner’s saved
3. to edify the church
To be a blessing!