Day 9 – January 14
Philippians 2:5-11(NLT) You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
An “Attitude” is a little thing that makes a big difference. How is yours? Have you ever thought how your world would be if everybody within your sphere of influence had the same attitude as you? I am not talking about a fleeting momentary attitude, I am talking about the prevailing attitude in your life! If everybody portrayed, displayed and practiced your attitude, would it be a thriving or shrinking environment? Would it be an encouraging or conflicting one? Would it be a selfish or selfless one? Would it be a joyful or sour environment?
The truth about our attitudes is that we choose them? The attitude that you have in this very moment, even while reading this devotional, is completely 100% your choice. Here is my definition of an attitude: “It is a self-constructed response that controls your behavior and feelings towards a person, a place, a circumstance or a thing.” Meaning very simply; your persistent thoughts create persistent feelings, which results in your persistent attitude! Positive thoughts towards others create positive feelings towards them and will result in positive behavior. The opposite is also true, if we are negative…
Now here is where we separate the pretenders from the contenders: “You must have the same attitude as Christ Jesus.” Not you ought to have, you must have! Must is an imperative necessity! You’ve got to have Jesus’ attitude. How is your attitude compared to Jesus’ attitude? Before you answer too quickly, here is a construct of Jesus’ attitude.
He did not cling to His position. He gave up His privileges. He humbled himself and took the lowest position, that of a servant and was obedient even though He knew it would cost Him His life. He was willing to die a criminal’s death so that criminals could be welcomed into God’s Kingdom. Now, how is your attitude compared to Jesus’ attitude?
Do you cling to your position or even opinion? Are you willing to let go of things you think you deserve or do you demand your rights? Are you willing to take the lowest position or are you quick to say “that’s not my job”? Are you willing to lay down your life for another even if they are not worthy in your estimation? Jesus was exalted because, He humbled Himself. Could it be that you are yet to be exalted or promoted, because you are still trying to fight for your rights and privileges instead of humbling yourself and have the same attitude as Jesus?
Are you willing to admit that the first environment you need to change is in your own mind? Will you start today?
- Ask the Lord to examine your thoughts? Begin to think about your prevailing thoughts and if they tend to be negative, change them.
- Pray that the Lord will help you to keep short accounts and ask for forgiveness where you have had the wrong attitude.
- Pray against a selfish mindset and ask for a heart of humility. (Warning, you will be placed in situations where your humility will be tested. Pass the test!)