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Psalm 1: 2-3

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Keeping the right attitude

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 23:25 Bolaji 'Theo' Douglas
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 Your attitude should be the same as Christ – Philippians 2:5

One of the biggest problem confronting the Christian faith today if I may say is that of identity crises, a crises that has arisen simply because many believers do not seem to know the importance of this instruction. If we go back to the history of the early Church, the early Christians were so named because they could be identified by the life and the teachings of Christ, as a result they were called the followers of Christ.

 Sadly it would be very difficult for the same to apply today because of a number of reasons. If we as believers were to come under the scrutiny of the same panel that examined the early Christians and saw that they had been with Christ, I shudder to think what their verdict would be.

When the present trend is examined using the following criteria- unity, love, forgiveness, holiness and reverence for God. If it were possible to bring the people of Antioch into our own world, I doubt if they would be able to recognise the very attributes and attitude which they saw in those early believers whom they labelled Christians.

The reason for pointing this out is not to pass judgement on anyone, it is not to point fingers at anyone, rather it is to remind us all as believers, the true position that our cherished faith delivered us into as well as what it’s tenets demands of us. Some struggle to accept the fact that the call into the Christian faith also calls for a shift in attitude and a call for transformation, rather many would prefer to continue doing things their own way and by their own standards. They would rather call it their own way, set their own time table and agenda. Sadly the same people will be quick to say that the walk of faith does not work and as such it must be a waste of time.

The very same people would be quick to question the reality of the way and power of the cross. Perhaps one thing that amazes me most is the type of Christianity that is on the ascendancy in these days labelled as perilous by the scripture. It appears to be a brand of Christianity that sees believers chose the part of the scriptures that appeals to them while discarding the part that does not agree with them, simply because they have identified certain areas of their life in which they are not willing to make the required transition or sacrifice.

We need to ask the question about what sort of attitude did Christ reveal to we who are his followers, what does this attitude look like? Well the scripture did not hide this information from us, there is no mystery surrounding this attitude, it is the very attitude that governs every relationship in the Kingdom into which we have been delivered. It is the attitude through which the spirit of love flows from us to others. It is the attitude that enables orderliness to prevail in the kingdom, it is the attitude that helps to overcome temptation and keep sin away, it is the attitude that allows the glory of God’s kingdom to be seen and it’s light to shine such that it cannot be covered or put out. Without this attitude there would be no peace and orderliness in the kingdom, it is the absence of this attitude that is partly responsible for the crisis in the world today.  It is the attitude that puts us in the position where we receive the approval of the one who rules the kingdom. So what does this attitude look like again?

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man,  he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” – Phillipians 2: 6 – 8.

It is an attitude that strips self importance away through humility and love by yielding it on the altar of sacrifice while saying ‘take my will and replace it with yours Oh Lord, take my life and everything that it represents, it is yours to do as thou pleases’. It is an attitude that says you lead Oh Lord I will follow, and wherever you send I am ready to go. It is an attitude that says; speak Lord I am listening with a willing and obedient heart.

Sadly for those who are called to live in the kingdom today, this attitude has gone missing from them, instead it is being replaced by a rebellious and self centred attitude and nature that traces it’s root to the kingdom of the world from which we who are citizens of the kingdom are supposed to have left behind.

The right attitude is being replaced by an attitude that puts self right at the centre of the universe, an attitude that demands that everything else including the Creator must respond to the selfish desires of self. It is an attitude that turns the one who ought to serve into one who demands to be served. It is an attitude that puts I, Myself and Me above everyone else, it is an attitude that demands that selfish desires be pandered to at all cost. You see this wrong attitude plays itself out in church services, prayers meetings, seminars and fellowship. You see it played itself out in the schism that exists in the body of Christ and among believers today.

You may say ‘but the scripture declared that we are many parts’, yes you are right but the scripture also said that those many parts come together to form one body. The question is how were they able to achieve this? We see that in the attitude that we are being told to emulate from Jesus. It was made possible through humility, the humility which saw each part defer to one another in reverence, love and in recognition that all the parts needs one another for the body to function effectively as one.

As citizens of the kingdom this attitude is required of everyone of us, it is an essential tool that is needed in order for us to continue to walk in the glory of being residents of the kingdom. It is needed in order for us to be able to preserve the unity that pleases God when he sees it’s operation in the life of his people.

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