Some days, attitude is everything.
When you are feeling low, taking on an attitude of hope can help you move forward.
When you’re feeling accomplished, remembering where your blessings come from can shift your attitude from pride to gratitude.
When you’re feeling joy, adopting an attitude of generosity can spread that joy outward.
When you’re feeling despair, remembering that you are NEVER alone can change your attitude toward your situation.
Paul talks a lot about attitude in the book of Philippians. In the fourth chapter, he encourages us to rejoice.
“Rejoice! Again, I say, rejoice!” (Verse 4)
That sounds like a lot of fluff until you remember that he was writing from prison. If his attitude can be one of happiness as he sits behind bars, we can take heart that our attitudes can rise above our circumstances as well.
In today’s passage, Paul lays out a tremendous challenge for us: adopt the attitude of Christ.
Philippians 2 (Common English Bible)
5 Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:
6 Though he was in the form of God,
he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit.
7 But he emptied himself
by taking the form of a slave
and by becoming like human beings.
When he found himself in the form of a human,
8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
We have talked a lot about obedience during this Lent season: obedience to the call to pray; obedience to the call to give; obedience to the call to study scripture, meditate, confess our sins, and repent; and obedience to whatever it is God is calling us to do.
Paul’s challenge is simple. If the Son of God can be obedient to the point of emptying himself and taking on the form of a slave, we can change our attitudes. Jesus humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death. Where is God calling you to humble yourself?
9 Therefore, God highly honored him
and gave him a name above all names,
10 so that at the name of Jesus everyone
in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow
11 and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Soon the day will come when we will all be humbled. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Christ as Lord. Until then, adopt the attitude of Christ as you wait. This is the way the kingdom is built.