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The leaders mind

BB-8 is just a movie prop and doesn't have a mind. He is controlled by someone off-screen and does what electrical input dictates. Pop culture tends to humanize the Matrix Trilogy and Artificial Intelligence in the pretense that computers can experience emotions and therefore function with human reasoning and thinking. Whether or not a computer can actually have a mind is debatable, however. Though sometimes we wonder, there's little debate about the mind our Creator wired into the human species. How it is used may be our greatest dilemma.

The Apostle Paul was among the greatest spiritual leaders in history. He wrote a defining comment about the Christian mind---

But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:16, ESV

It was his summation of truth about a distinguishing mark of the Christian life, the spiritual discernment that enables believers to comprehend the things of God. So, the leaders mind is first and foremost a growing transformation to think and discern like Jesus. Paul also wrote--

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of

your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is

good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2, ESV

The Christian mind involves a transformation of the human mind from a self-absorbed mind-set to the mind of Christ. This happens when the mind is renewed. Certainly this would be expected of spiritual leaders.

Simon Peter is perhaps our most beloved spiritual brother and leadership model. Jesus taught him several important lessons about spiritual leadership, one of them in a flash-point interchange of significance. Peter had confessed Jesus as the Christ, the son of the Living God. In the next scene he challenged the Lord's prediction of his crucifixion and resurrection in Jerusalem. That's when Jesus said,

Get behind me Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your

mind of the things off God , but on the things of man.

Matthew 16:23, ESV

Evidently Jesus expects his leaders to be focused on the things of God and not the things of man. It was a theme echoed in Paul's letter to the believers at Colossae---

Set your minds of things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Colossians 3:2, ESV

The spiritual leaders mind seeks first his kingdom and his righteousness. But, it is not so ill defined as to make this mind relative to human definition. Once again, the Apostle Paul clarified the kind of mind that should characterize the Christian life, especially in those entrusted with spiritual leadership. Again, he wrote---

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.

Philippians 2: 5-8, ESV

Here, the mind of Christ is portrayed as empty of self, humble and totally obedient, even to the point of death. This is the mind of Christ that should be the norm for every disciple, most assuredly in Christian leaders.

This mind is also depicted in Scripture as being sober, alert, watchful, in unity with other believers, stable, self-controlled, peaceful, and honorable. The mind of Christ is also what prepares us to endure hardship as suffer when fulfilling the responsibilities of spiritual leadership. Peter wrote---

For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows

while suffering unjustly.

1 Peter 2:19, ESV

In a final note to the Philippians Paul wrote about the Christian thought life. To expect less from spiritual leaders would be non-sensical. Therefore, these words form the underlying thought patterns of the leaders mind---

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,

whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is

any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8, ESV

These are perverse times. Our thought lives and minds must reflect the mind of Christ so that we can influence the world around us for his glory. Paul summrized it like this---

But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard

about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old

self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful

desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self,

created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4:20-24, ESV

That's it. Renewed in the spirit of our minds. Consistently new.

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