Matthew 11:29 – “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – It seems almost contradictory that the Creator of the universe, exhibiting the fullness of God, with everything under His power, would choose the role of a servant. Knowing that everything was under His power He could have exercised that power. Instead
He set the example of a servant. If He, the Master, prefers to serve, how can we, the servant, choose anything else? Christ desires that we should do as He did. That we be transformed into His likeness – Christ-likeness. It begins with attitude, a Christ-like attitude, a “Be” attitude.
My Advice – Attitude. It is the way a person thinks or feels about someone or something that all too often affects not only their disposition but their behavior as well. We have heard it said many times – boy does he (she) have an attitude. Usually this comment is not meant as a compliment. Negative attitudes come in a variety of shapes and sizes – arrogance, haughtiness, superiority, self-centeredness, anger, bitterness, to name just a few. If left unchecked negative attitudes can affect careers, relationships, character, health, and in the context of discipleship our witness.
Charles Swindoll, Chancellor or Dallas Theological Seminary, author, and senior pastor of Stonebriar Community church in Frisco, Texas puts it this way – “the longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company . . . a church . . . a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace that day. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you . . . we are in charge of our attitudes.”
The question is: how do we gain control of our attitude? How can we transform what might otherwise be a negative reaction (attitude) towards the people and circumstances we encounter in our daily walk into a positive one? How can we change an arrogant, self-centered and negative “I will” attitude into His other-centered, humble and positive “Be” attitude? How do we make sure that “the old has gone” and that “the new has come”? How do we become Christ-like? We do it by learning from Him, by studying His words (talk) and by choosing to follow His example (walk).
Coming Soon – An updated version of my Bible study “Got Spiritual Milk?” will soon be available in the Store link on my home page. What you see above is a short excerpt the chapter dealing with the second of twelve “steps” discussed in the study.