Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 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. Philippians 2:5-7 (NIV)
In the past, I have not always had the best attitude. Even now, my attitude needs a major adjustment. How so? I can’t possibly name all the improper attitudes I have held. Name a few, I will tell you when to stop. I have had a self-righteous attitude. I have thought I was somehow better or wiser or smarter than others. I can tell now that naming my improper attitudes will be no fun. Does that surprise you? Not really. Keep going. I have had a self-sufficient attitude. I have thought that I didn’t need or want anything from anyone, including you. That wasn’t too smart or wise. No, it wasn’t. Keep going. I have had a self-indulgent and self-serving attitude. I have thought that I deserved all the comforts and pleasures of life. I have thought that others should serve me. I have thought that life revolved around me. This is getting embarrassing. I can see that. You can stop now. Thank you for that.
Let me ask you a couple questions. I’m listening. That’s very good. What attitude do you want to have in your heart and mind? What attitude do you want to guide your life? I want to have your attitude. I want to become like you in all that I think, say and do. Really? Yes, really. What attitude did I have in my heart and mind? You counted yourself as nothing. You emptied yourself of all the rights and privileges that would have been rightly yours. Is that all? No, that is not all. You took on the form of a servant. You came into this world to serve your Heavenly Father. You came into this world to serve others. Is that what you want to do? Yes, it is the utmost desire of my heart to count myself as nothing so that I can become like you. It is the passion of my life to serve others so that I can live as you live. It will be the joy of my life to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name as I live to serve you and others. This is the prayer of heart? This is the work that you want me to do in and through you? Yes, it is. I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, if you could count yourself as nothing and take on the form of a servant, then I will do so as well. Help me to have your attitude. Help me to live like you lived. Help me to love you loved. Help me to give like you gave. Help me to serve like you served. Amen
Key Question… When have you mistakenly thought that others should serve you rather than you serve them?
Living It Out… Have the mind of Christ by counting yourself as nothing and take on the form of a servant.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to count yourself as nothing and take on the form of a servant.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you have counted yourself as nothing and become a servant.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you take on the attitude of Christ by counting yourself as nothing and serving others.
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