Transformed Thinking: Transformed lives
Week beginning: 24th November, 2019 | By Mark Bainbridge | London
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name…"Philippians 2: 5-8 (ESV)
Thinking right is perhaps our greatest challenge. For Christian lawyers, Godly ambition and assertion of legal rights are important but, in these verses, Paul is clear that the way we think about both needs to be transformed through fellowship with Christ (vs 5); this is how Christ thought, therefore this is how I am to think.
How did Jesus think? As God he refused to stand on his rights as God but, in obedience to his Father and for our salvation, he set them aside. As God, Christ emptied himself by becoming a man, and taking on the form of a servant or slave, a nobody-in-law. As a man he humbled himself further, becoming obedient to the point of death, the death of a condemned criminal on the cross.
When Jesus humbled himself to the Cross, people wrote him off, but (vs 9) God saw it differently: Obedience led to the Cross, and our salvation! And the Cross led to the Crown, Christ's exaltation.
This year, as we celebrate 20 years of CLEAR, I have heard some inspiring stories about lawyers whose transformed Christian thinking has led them to serve in the prisons, homes, schools and communities of East Africa. Their transformed Gospel thinking has seen lives transformed. In your legal workplaces this week, where might such transformed thinking lead you?
- Pray for opportunities this week to serve those you work or study with in Christian humility.
- Ask God to help you explain to others how you think differently about life as a Christian and why.
- Pray for strength, wisdom and grace for our CLEAR partners in East Africa, that they might share the whole Good News about Jesus Christ known through law.