“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5
By Nick Molick
Attitudes do not seem to be in short supply today. We are inventing new ways by the hour in which people can share their opinions and attitudes with the entire connected world. All of that effort and technological advancement seems to put a value on our attitudes and opinions and place them at the forefront of who we are. What does the Bible say about how we should think, speak and act? Does the Bible lay out for us how to register the most likes, retweets or followers? No. It tells us to follow the One who is more powerful than anyone and yet came to humbly serve so that we may live with Him forever.
In Philippians 2 Paul beautifully lays out the way in which Jesus approached being the ultimate servant leader. Look at verse six. We can spend the next few weeks of devotions just pouring through this verse alone. It’s thought, message and principle is so awe inspiring. It says, “Who (meaning Jesus) being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.” So here is the God/man, Jesus who embodies all the glory, power and might of God in human form. Yet He lays that down and takes on the embodiment of a simple man that He might bear the sins of all humanity so we may one day see the face of the Father. Christ being above all other beings made himself low, so He could be a fitting and righteous sacrifice for us rebellious sinners.
Paul tells us in Philippians 2:5 that our attitude should be like Christ Jesus. Now you may have read or heard that numerous times in your life, but pause and think about what that really means. What is the attitude of Jesus? What was His aim? What is His purpose, not just then but today? What then is yours?
Jesus’s attitude on Earth was that of a humble servant who was always about the will of His Father no matter the circumstances. How are we to model this attitude today? Look forward to verses twelve through fourteen. We are told to obey, work out our salvation with fear and trembling and to do everything without complaining. Having an attitude that puts these thoughts into action would truly make us and the church stand out from the rest of the world.
Our attitude toward others matters, as well as our attitude toward Christ. The commonality is that we should serve both. In obeying and serving Christ we are led to serve the needs of others and be the church He has built for the rest of the world so that the Father may be glorified.
Bible Reading Plan - Day 68
Bible Reading Plan - Day 69