Posted by: bshelley | May 24, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for May 26, 2008

Today’s Verse: Philippians 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, NASB

That phrase so easily rolls right off the tongue. The reality of bringing it to fruition in our lives however is anything but smooth. It’s all too often two steps forward and one back. Or, even more likely most days… no steps forward. We say that we are trusting our eternal salvation to one who is the Good Shepherd. Yet our attempts at conformance to His “attitude” happens more often than not in spurts. One could never win a race by running a brief sprint, wandering around aimlessly for a while, sprinting some more and so on. That is how we approach becoming Christ-like though, is it not? Now you might have read ahead to the next verse and see that the attitude which Paul is specifically speaking to is that even though He was Emanuel, God with us, He “did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,” But is that not what this discussion is all about? We cannot be Christ-like in attitude or action as long as we insist on being the god of our own lives. When we have days where we don’t feel like working on our “Christianity” and go do our own thing, is that not having a wrong attitude? You might even admit to yourself that trying to live as Christ in this world requires all too much of your energy some days and you just need a break. Oh really? A break to serve who? Self? When we clothed ourselves with Christ, was it really our intent to treat Him like winter clothes that get put away for a season? We’ll put Him back on when times get difficult or maybe for Sunday morning services. Maybe we need an attitude adjustment. Lord Jesus, thank you for not taking a break or giving up. Help us to be more like You today and everyday with right attitudes towards God and the people who we come in contact with as Your children.


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