Timeless truths from Philippians 2:5-7.
Attitude. There are phrases from my younger years that I can still remember. “You better straighten you attitude out… Adjust your attitude… If you don’t change your attitude, I’m going to change it for you.” Tons of books have been written about attitude. My favorite phrase about attitude is, “Attitude determines altitude.”
We are commanded to have the attitude of Christ Jesus. Attitude has to do with the way we think about ourselves and others. Our attitude determines our actions. Jesus did “not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped…” The word “grasped” does not mean to reach for, rather it means to be held onto. Jesus is eternally equal with God the Father. He released His grip on His position!
The next phrase, “but emptied Himself” signifies that He divested Himself. Why? So that He could take on “the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” Jesus willingly laid aside His glory in heaven to become a human. He did not release His divinity. No! He embraced humanity! He did not cease being God or becoming less God. He set aside His glory, omnipresence, and omniscient in order to take on human flesh. He willingly did this so that He could die.
We are to have this kind of attitude which is impossible without the power of the Holy Spirit and our submission to Him. Our natural attitude is to demand our rights. The thought of willingly giving up position and power for others is rather foreign to most people, including Christians. Yet, that is the command and Jesus is the example.
We resist this kind of attitude because we think of the high price, what it will cost us. We also seriously consider the worthiness of those for whom we release our rights. Yet, Jesus gained and we are redeemed! What would happen if we took on the attitude of Christ Jesus? He may work through you in ways that you never dreamed!
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:5-7 NASB