The ‘Mind of Christ’ Is Only Retained Through Prayer
The Christian has the mind of Christ. The Scripture says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” “But we have the mind of Christ.” These words contain a very deep thought. It is too deep for our finite mind to fathom. We can readily see, however, that it means to be humble-minded, meek, lowly, patient, longsuffering and loving — like Jesus. Yes, it means to have a disposition like his — but it means more. A deeper thought is, that we have such a union and communion with Jesus — that we can think his thoughts. We are one body with Christ. “We are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” This is mysterious — but it is true. Jesus being the head of this body, his will is to be done throughout the whole. Our minds are to be in harmony with the great mind of Jesus. Between our mind and the mind of the Lord — there is a connection something like the connections of the nerves in the human body. Through this union, God conveys his thoughts to our minds.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him! But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit!” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10. In the spiritual and eternal world, many beauties and glories are awaiting our vision. We here see through a glass darkly — but even so, we can see some heavenly glories. The glass is not so dark, that we can see nothing of God. The Spirit of God reveals to us something of the scenes we shall see hereafter. We catch far away glimpses of them, so to speak. The closer we live to God in this life — the farther we can see into the life beyond. By his Spirit, God shines into our hearts and gives us some knowledge of heavenly things.
In speaking of the great celestial city, the Revelator says, “And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light!” Revelation 21:23. That light which shines in the eternal city — has been seen here upon earth. It was the light which shone around the Judean shepherds on the night of the nativity. It was that light which shone around Saul on the road to Damascus. It was so bright that it blinded Saul. Some years after, when relating this circumstance to a heathen king, the apostle said, “About noon, Your Majesty, as I was on the road, a light from Heaven brighter than the sun — shone down on me!” Acts 26:13
The mind of the Christian, is in touch with the mind of the Lord. The minister who preaches under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, is but expressing the mind of God. The thoughts of the Lord become his thoughts — and he simply expresses them. Prayer is the most essential means of keeping the mind of Christ. If the preacher would have the mind of the Lord while he is preaching, if he would minister grace to others in conversation — he must live much in prayer. God is able to direct in conversation, so that it will be the most helpful to those engaged. The same is true in testimony and in preaching. Thus the mind of God — controls the mind of his servant.
That our minds may be most perfectly imbued with the mind of God — our life needs to be one of unceasing prayer. The mind needs to be stayed on God. Our life can never be successful, unless we have the mind of Christ in the sense in which I have been speaking. The work of our life, can only be successfully carried on under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
There is a sense in which God rules the minds of men. He puts it in the mind of the unregenerate, to befriend his praying children. In such an act, sinners are performing what God has in mind. We who live and walk in the Spirit, can so have the mind of Christ — that we can always be acting out what is in the mind of God. Prayer keeps the channel open; it keeps the line of communication continuous, so that we can always be in the will of God.