There will always be people that you meet in life who think they know everything. Whenever you interact with these individuals there is a tendency to hear comments such as “I know how you feel.” Trying to relate to your situation, this mindset is flawed, clouded by arrogance, pride or narcissism. In order to obtain a Christ like perspective, you must develop a balanced approached, more than merely a mindset.
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns,” Matthew 16:23.
During a meaningful conversation with his disciples, Jesus introduces expectations for those who desire to follow him. Based upon the passage above, Peter possessed preconceived notions. This mindset bred selfishness, preventing Peter from understanding the concerns of God. Becoming a disciple is not just actions inspired by faith. Rather, actions must work hand in hand as individuals consider the concerns of God by keeping in step with the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:25.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me, Matthew 16:24.
There are 3 stages which must be completed before a genuine disciple produces spiritual fruit. The initial step involves fulfilling Galatians 2:20, dying to self so that the concerns of God will replace selfish thoughts. As this transformation begins to take shape, Jesus wants his followers to take up their cross. Either this means to take ownership of your faith or to literally pick up the cross like Simon in Matthew 27:32. Just like the saying there is no I in team, following Jesus refers to crossing out the I or me so that God’s kingdom becomes your sole priority. This is the criteria Matthew details for a disciple which is more than a mindset.
by Jay Mankus