‘Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God’ John 13.3
Perhaps one of the greatest things to which we can aspire is to have ‘the mind of Christ’ - but what does this mean? We probably have some notion of something unattainable that is meant to going through our minds at all times; a purity of thought or a level of faith that seems too distant for us! However, today’s verse gives us a hint as to what having the mind of Christ might really be about. Jesus had a certainty of where he belonged; he knew he was from God.
If we could somehow capture this certainty about our own identity it could change so much. Never again would we doubt God’s presence with us, or wonder whether we were loved by God. So how do we achieve this confidence?
The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is within each of us, crying out the words, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8.15 and Galatians 4.6). This suggests that finding our true identity is not about seeking to convince ourselves of a truth, but rather stilling ourselves to catch the call of the Spirit within us; that we are God’s beloved children in whom he takes pleasure.
You are his beloved child. Catch these words as if it were the Holy Spirit whispering them to you.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission