Change in Mindset
15 Therefore, let all of us who are mature think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you. 16 In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained. (Philippians 3:15-16)
Yesterday, we read that although many believers hold Paul in high regard and standing, especially in the faith, to the point where they might have assumed that Paul knew it all, Paul states that he too is still pursuing the goal of knowing Christ more and more each day, acknowledging that he would be in this constant race and focus until he is made perfect, being in the presence of the Savior who loved him. With that being said, Paul then challenges the believers to follow in his example in this focus and pursuit, starting with verse 15, “Therefore, let all of us who are mature think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you.” As Anders states, “Paul believed that all spiritually mature Christians would agree with or would share his philosophy toward life.” And as believers who did not have that mindset yet, if they pursued Christ, they would be transformed to see and have that same mentality as well. “Paul was confident God could cause them to change their minds, since Paul’s human arguments could not.”
Then, in verse 16, regardless if others do or do not have this mentality, overall, believers are responsible for their own actions and spiritual growth, “In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained.” Although we are flawed and imperfect, that is still no excuse to still run this race and pursue Christ everyday; when we stumble, we need to have that perseverance to get back up and continue on. As Anders closes, “God is calling us to the victory stand. We must run as hard as we can to cross the finish line.” May we allow God to change our mindsets, putting aside the distractions in our lives and focus on what matters most, our relationship with the Lord.
Isaac De Guzman