Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus
How many times have you heard that Scripture or heard that as Christians, we should be Christlike? Probably a lot, but did the lesson end there? We talk about being Christlike or having the same attitude as Christ, but we don’t always read the Scriptures that come before and after that verse that describe what that attitude is like.
Since we are called to have the attitude of Christ, let’s examine what that attitude is like.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Selfish, vain, conceit – do any of those words describe your attitude at times? They are the opposite of the attitude we are supposed to have. Before telling us to have the attitude of Christ, Paul tells us we are to consider others better than ourselves. Have you ever looked at someone else and thought you were better off than they were, had a better spouse, better job or more well behaved children? I am sure we all have at some point. Those thoughts are far from what Paul is telling us to have.
What about putting others interests above your own? When you are on a committee or working in a group do you promote someone else’s ideas or your own? When you are arguing with someone do you let their opinion be the one that counts or do you fight to have your opinion win?
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
I think sometimes we forget that Jesus was and is the very nature of God. He was part of creating everything, full of power and majesty; the King of Kings and Lord of lords. Yet, He lowered Himself to be born a man. He suffered a horrific death on the cross for us, so we could be saved. Can you imagine doing anything that humble?
Honestly, I don’t think we can completely comprehend doing something like that because we are not Jesus. What we can comprehend is that He was the perfect example of humility. That is the attitude we are to imitate. We are to be humble. We are to serve others rather than being served, we are to be last rather than first, we are to put others’ needs above our own, and we are to willingly submit to His will and desires for our lives.
Challenge yourself to pay close attention to your attitude throughout the day and compare it to that of Christ. How closely are you imitating your Lord and Savior?