“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
I am sure that I have, many times, spoken of the apostle Paul and his situation when he was writing this letter to the church at Philippi. If ever there was a picture of a man who was walking by faith as an example to us it would have to be that great man of God, the apostle Paul, in his imprisonment. He also showed us in his letter to Timothy how he was able to live in such victory even in the most trying circumstances. In looking at 2Timothy 4:6-8 we see that Paul was focused on that which lay beyond his sorrows, beyond his suffering, beyond his life on earth. If we could grasp the reality of what we are trusting Bod for we would be able to content ourselves in the Spirit of God in whatever circumstances we are faced with. We must remind ourselves often that, come what may, we still have cause to rejoice. We have some things that should cause our hearts to sing through the darkest of nights, in the midst of the harshest dungeons and within the most fiery of trials. As Paul we can look on our heartaches, trials, and persecutions as “light affliction.” If we will simply do as Paul told these precious people.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus:”
That mind was one of servitude, (vs. 7); humility, (vs. 8); and obedience, (vs. 8).
Jesus took all of this upon Himself and endured all that He suffered because He was focused on that which was far ahead. He….
“for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,”
Our Lord was focused on the finish, not the path He must follow to get there. We should also be focused on the finish, and not distracted by the rough journey we may have to follow to reach it.