How Can Christ’s Crucified Life Become Our Pattern?

Christians often speak of living a life like the one Jesus lived on this earth. But how can we live such a life? Philippians 2 describes the pattern of Christ’s crucified life:

How Christ's crucified life becomes our indwelling pattern

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped,
7 But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men;
8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross.

Reading these words, we may be touched with Paul’s exhorting word and agree that this kind of life must be the pattern for our Christian life.

But if we are honest with ourselves we will have to confess that living such a crucified life is a human impossibility.

Who can live such a life? Only the Lord Jesus Himself.

Then what can we do? What is the secret?

How can Christ’s crucified life become the pattern for our Christian life?

First, we need to let the mind which was in Christ Jesus be in us (Phil. 2:5)

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