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What Shape Is Our Attitude In?

Philippians 2:5

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Life ChangeThis is one of my favorite passages. I have a number of them for sure. I’ve shared them a number of times. Some like hearing them – some might even be tired of hearing them.

Years ago – I took this verse and created a statement – a saying – that goes like this: Christianity Boils Down to Attitude. One of my former churches would finish this quote. Whenever I said Christianity boils down to they would respond with a strong – Attitude! Now – I know that Christianity is all about God’s grace – that it is all about Christ’s life – death – and resurrection – but – as we often mention in sermons and teachings – Christian maturity is all about the condition and position of one’s heart. Christian maturity is about doing – about walking out our faith – and this takes an attitude likened to the attitude of Jesus. What shape is our attitude in these days?

Sunday’s sermon was titled – Living a Godly Life – and we talked some about training up – spiritually. Digging into the Word – spending time in prayer – attending worship – being around other Christians – were some of the ways we recommended training up in the Lord. What shape is our attitude in these days?

In the Garden of Gethsemane – Jesus showed us a mature heart and attitude – when He struggled with the Father’s will and His earthly will. Matthew 26:36-39 – 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

As we’ve said a number of times – maturing in Christ is all about letting God have more and more of our lives – letting God into each room in our spiritual house – and letting God be Lord of each room. In other words – having the attitude of Christ! Mature Christians will seek after God’s will – rather than their own. They will seek after the things that bring God glory – rather than self or others.

How’s our spiritual shape? What are we doing to get into better spiritual shape? Do we have a plan? Do we have goals? How’s our attitude?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – Each day in 2019 – as we approach February 23rd and the Special General Conference of the UMC – spend 5 minutes praying for the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of the delegates. Thanks.

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