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Attitude

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Reading: Philippians 2: 5-11

Verse Five: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus”.

The opening verse from today’s passage is challenging. To try and take on the attitude of Jesus feels like a pretty daunting task. After all, He is Jesus.

Regardless of the pursuit or goal, a good attitude goes a long way in determining success. Some might even argue that it is one of the most important characteristics of people who are successful. I think this applies two ways when we think about our attitude as a follower of Christ. First, our personal attitude or outlook must believe that we can be like Christ. Trusting in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit goes a long way in thinking we can follow Jesus. Second, we must understand Jesus’ attitude and seek to live out what He lived out.

Jesus’ attitude is revealed in two actions in today’s passage. First, He “made himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant”. For us to take on this attitude, like Jesus, we must first die to self. Only when we have given up the rights to our own selfish desires and wants can we truly take on the heart of a servant. From this place of surrender, Jesus was able to meet all where they were at and to meet their needs as He could. The idea expressed by John the Baptist applies well here: I must become less so that He can become more.

The second attitude we see today is, “he humbled himself and became obedient to death”. In many ways, the second is like the first attitude. It is maybe an extension of the first too. Humility does have something to do with becoming nothing, but it also acknowledges God’s role in our successes. We see God’s presence as what brings us success in following Jesus. It is not our own doing. Over and over Jesus credited God. So too should we. The idea of becoming obedient to death helps us to understand the depth of commitment to the other. First most of us, sacrifice of time or resources is what will be required. But for some, it may be the giving one’s life. It is hard to know if we could do such a thing when pressed to the choice.

Today and every day, may we strive to have the attitude of Jesus Christ, loving and serving all we meet.

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2 thoughts on “Attitude

  1. THERE IS A WONDERFUL BOOK THAT APPEALS TO MY HEART,
    A MINE OF RICHES UNTOLD.
    EVERY WORD IS A JEWEL OF LUSTER divine
    THE BOOK THAT NEVER GROWS OLD
    🙂
    LIKE A BEACON OF LIGH DOTH IT SHINE THROUGH THE YEARS ,
    TO LEAD US SAFE TO THE FOLD.
    THROUGH THE CLOUDS THAT ARISE, GLEAMING BRIGHTY AFAR
    THE BOOK THAT NEVER GROWS OLD.
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    WHEN BILLOWS OF LIFE WOULD MY BARK OVERWHELM
    THIS ANCHOR WILL HOLD.
    GROUNDED DEEP IN GODS LOVE ARE ITS PROMISE SURE
    THE BOOK THAT NEVER GROWS OLD.
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    IT NEVER GROWS OLD, NO, NEVER GROWS OLD
    THE WORD OF THE THE FATHER ABOVE.
    IT NEVER GROWS OLD, NO NEVER GROWS OLD.
    PRAISE GOD FOR THE BOOK OF HIS LOVE! —–J.R.Baxter

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