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jesuslistensSt. Paul’s letter to the Philippians contains (2:1-11) a summary of the willingness of Jesus to surrender everything – by letting go of “godliness” to become human – in order to teach us how to become like God, surrendering everything that does not spring from love. It is a foundational text for those desiring to “put on the mind of Christ.” Paul begins by exhorting the people of Philippi to do just that with an impassioned plea that is just as appropriately addressed to us. My suggestion is that you read it aloud – with all the passion of the “Disciple to the Gentiles” – to get the full effect :

Brothers and sisters, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing! Have in you the same attitude that was in Christ Jesus.

Following the example of Jesus, then, means working ever more consciously toward unity of mind and heart, thinking and loving without judgment, surrendering ego to become our truest selves. It’s a big order but one that will lead us directly into the heart of God.