Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
When we received Jesus as Lord, we received the right and privilege to be called the sons (children) of God (John 1:12). As sons of God we are to follow the example of The Son of God, Jesus, and willingly serve. We are to let the mind that was in Christ Jesus be in us. We are to think of ourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of Himself, Who humbled Himself and took upon Himself the form of a servant. Real servants serve God with a certain mindset. This is the center of the battle to serving, thinking differently. To be a servant or one who serves God after ones salvation and being called a child of the King requires a mental shift and change in our attitudes and thinking.
Jesus could have grasped and held onto to the fact that He was Deity but He humbled Himself and served in the likeness of men or from His humanity. He could have appeared in the form of God, of the same glory, but He appeared in the likeness of men in the form of a servant. First Corinthians 2:16 says we have the mind of Christ, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” We have the mind of Christ in our spirit and are to let it be in our natural mind. From Philippians 2:5-8 it reveals the mind that was in Christ is a mind that humbled Himself and served or was the mind of a servant. If we are serving, we are letting the mind that was in Christ direct our life. If we are not serving, some other mind is governing our life.
We are told in Romans 12:1, 2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” We are to present our bodies a living offering or sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service. Have you ever noticed renewing of our mind and religious service are tied together? The renewing of the mind is a part of transforming us into Christ-like service. The spirit of the world will not ever shape our mind to serve others but the powerful Word of God will. “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls James 1:21.”