Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Philippians 2:1-11

In today’s reading Paul outlines remarkable character traits of Jesus and urges you and me to demonstrate these same traits in our lives. Paul says Jesus humbled Himself, took the demeanor of a servant, and was obedient to God’s will. Jesus continued to demonstrate these traits throughout His ministry – even to the point of dying on a cross for you and me.

Well if Jesus can do this, why is it so hard for us to do it too? I am not talking about dying for my fellow man; I am simply talking about having the attitude to put others before us. Perhaps one reason is our attitude in this country about personal rights.

Often we excuse selfishness, pride, or evil by claiming personal rights. Students might say, “I can cheat on this test, after all I deserve to pass this class,” or adults might say “I can spend all this money on myself, I worked hard for it.” But as true believers in Christ we should have a different attitude, an attitude that allows us to lay aside our so-called rights in order to serve others. If we say we follow Christ, we must also say we want to live as He lived and develop His attitude of humility as we serve – even when we are not likely to get recognized for our efforts.

This attitude of humility is extremely important in this mix. We can choose our attitude and we can choose our outlook on life. We can serve others with the attitude of loving God and others or we can serve out of guilt or fear. We can approach life expecting to be served, or looking for opportunities to serve others. It is our choice and the Bible gives us not only this example but many others regarding the attitude Jesus demonstrated for us. One way to move closer to Christ is to move our attitude closer to His.

Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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