Attitude is important. It affects how we respond to others. It reflects our inner selves.
Paul teaches our attitudes should mimic Christ’s. He is our perfect example. With meekness and humility, He came and served sacrificially.
But let’s be honest: having a good attitude is hard. Life can wear us down. Frustrations cause us to lose our patience with others. Time has a way of increasing our cynicism. Optimism gives way to pessimism.
Paul reminds us to check our attitudes. He pens:
You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had,
who though he existed in the form of God
did not regard equality with God
as something to be grasped,
but emptied himself
by taking on the form of a slave,
by looking like other men,
and by sharing in human nature.
He humbled himself,
by becoming obedient to the point of death
– even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8 NET)
Notice Christ’s attitude is one of submission to the Father’s will. He willingly serves the needs of others with humility. He doesn’t complain about taking on the form of a servant. Think about it. God incarnate took on the form of a servant for you and me!
Now how does a right attitude apply to reading Scripture? Is there a connection between our attitude and ability to observe, interpret, and apply the Bible to our lives? Is a right attitude important to studying Scripture?
Just like Christ, we must approach the Bible in humility. We must submit our will to the Father’s. We must allow Him to direct our lives.
When when we read Scripture, let’s practice having Christ’s humble attitude. We will learn more and grow spiritually. And we will model for others Christ’s sacrificial love.
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