To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 2:5 (NIVUK): ”In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: “
Today, we have another great verse upon which to meditate upon. The Holy Spirit within us is gradually transforming us into the likeness of the Messiah.
Now, we, who follow Jesus are guided (through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) by the spiritual truths found in the whole of Scripture – the Old Testament, the Gospels and the writings (letters) of Paul, Peter, Jude, John and the unknown writer of the letter to the Hebrews (which is a great summary of the difference between the old and new covenant).
Yet, while each of the books of the Bible contain spiritual truths – we don’t follow Moses, or Isaiah, or Matthew, or John or Paul (etc.). As I’ve stated above, we follow the truth, guided by the Holy Spirit, as seen (embodied) in our Lord and God, Jesus the Christ.
In Paul’s letter to the Philippians we can find useful information on what it means to follow Jesus because this information (unless otherwise stated by Paul; he sometimes expresses his personal opinion, and he tells us when he does this) comes from Jesus (God) Himself.
I think this following statement made by Selwyn in today’s study, provides a useful summary (slightly modified): “(In this verse, Paul) tells us that we can have the same mindset that motivated Jesus to leave His home in glory and descend to this sin-cursed planet … in order that humanity might be saved. He followed the path of selflessness holding on to nothing as His right.”