The Way Up Is Down …
You have heard that attitude is everything … right? Well it’s true! Let me tell you why that is so. Psychologists tell us that it is not actual reality but how we perceive reality that is the most important factor.
In our model Jesus, we can see this perfect example.
|Philippians 2:5-11 (KJV)
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What words come to mind as you meditate on this passage? Humility… surrender… exaltation… those are some which come to mind for me. Let me answer my question with another question: How was it possible for Christ (the God-man) to be so yielded to God that he could be perfectly aligned with his Father’s will? Set aside, if you can, the fact that he himself was God and concentrate on the fact that he was also fully man. What can you and I learn from His example? Can we get to a place in our personal life where we are fully directed by the will of God? And if we can arrive at this place, how can we achieve this depth of Christian life? Do we even want to follow Christ that closely?
Paul said that he wanted this kind of walk with Jehovah God.
|Philippians 3:10-12 (KJV)
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Let us join Paul in making this our goal and pursuit. God is willing if we are. Do you believe that? What stands in our way? If we begin with the attitude of Christ and believe that no price is too high, we are well on our way to the heights which only heaven can offer.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” ~ Philippians 4:13
Where would you like to start in your own life? Let’s begin by listing the top 3 or 4 areas of our life where we tend to be least spiritually submissive to God. What kind of strategy can we put into place to move us in the right direction? Do you have an accountability structure? Can you memorize Scripture that references your battles? What other ideas can we build into our life to assist in this pursuit? Give this discussion serious consideration because your attitude will determine your altitude.