Having the mind of Christ means that we agree with God and His ways. We can know His thoughts. In Psalms 103 verse 7, the Bible actually says that the children of Israel knew the acts of God, but Moses knew His ways. What we see is that God revealed His ways and character to Moses. You and I are called to know the ways of God and to understand the way He thinks. So, it’s not just a matter of outlooking and saying how does God think. It’s participating in that action. And so, the question that I’m going to pose to you is what is your response? How are you going to respond to what God is about to tell you? God has declared so many wonderful things in our lives, but have we responded well?
In Genesis chapter fifteen the word of the Lord came to Abram before he became Abraham. After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” What an amazing statement to hear from the Lord. But let’s look at Abram’s response. This is what Abram said, 2 But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” What’s incredible to me about that is that God just appeared to Abram in a vision. He said I am your exceeding great reward; you’re going to inherit me. And he responded, but I have no child.
Oftentimes, that’s what happens to us as we start looking at our circumstances. We look at who we are, what we have, and what we don’t have rather than what God has declared to us. I want to challenge each and every single one of us that our lives are bigger than our current situation. 3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!” 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” 5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
What a promise that God declared to Abram, and what an amazing blessing that he got. That he was going to be the father of many nations because that’s what Abraham means. His name was changed to Abraham, the father of many nations, and his seed was going to be like the stars. Let’s look at this from God’s perspective. God is saying, Abram, I’m going to make your seed as numerous as the stars. What a blessing it was for God, because God knew that Abram was going to have a generational impact. That through Abram and later Abraham, God was going to be able to bless the nations. He was going to influence lives for generations to come across the world. We see that even today, because we’re children of Abraham. This is awesome because we’re children of faith. God chose Abraham and Abraham at first pushed back. But praise God Abram came into line with what God has said through some conversations that he had with God. Later on, we see what a blessing Abram, Isaac, Jacob and the whole lineage of Abram received.
Later Abraham became a blessing to all of us because he became the father of faith. That’s so amazing to me that God’s perspective is a little bit different from ours. We look at Abram, and we want to put ourselves in his position, but let’s put ourselves in God’s position. God is able to bless the nations through Abram and that’s why I really want to challenge you to start looking at yourself that way. God wants to bless people through you, so understand and respond positively to what God is saying to you.