BY: JASON PAYNE
E-MAIL ADDRESS: Jason@lifeassembly.com
BIBLE TEXT: PHILIPPIANS 2:5-8: “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. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: What is your attitude? Do you have an attitude of entitlement? Are you grateful or selfish? Are you prideful or humble? Do you assume you are superior to others? Are your focused more on yourself or others?
These are questions that as Christians that we should be asking ourselves often. I believe that our will is one of the hardest things to break. It is what we struggle with the most. In Luke 22:42 Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” The Bible says He prayed so hard that His sweat was like drops of blood! See, Jesus did not want to die on the cross but He knew it was the only way to redeem mankind and reconcile us to God. You were on His heart and mind when He died. Our attitude should always be about others, not ourselves. To do that we have to die to ourselves daily. Come to the Cross daily! The cross is about one word: brokenness.
Repentance is not a one time act but an attitude to be maintained in a Christian’s life — an attitude called brokenness. God has told us to humble ourselves and the only humility accepted is that of brokenness and obedience to God. Humility means Christ is all and self is nothing. So, therefore, a spirit of humility and a spirit of brokenness means no retaliation and no defense. For example, notice the very nature or spirit that Christ claimed in Psalm 22:6, “ I am a worm, and no man.” So when Jesus was cussed, beaten, mocked, and spit on He never once opened His mouth, for a worm never raises its head and hisses at anyone but a snake always does! A worm, though like a snake in appearance, is entirely different in nature. Do what you please to a worm, it never fights back. The power of a Christian’s life is of God and not of self. The reason that Christ is not seen very much today is that we are not broken.
Unbrokenness hides our treasure, the Lord Jesus Christ. Only brokenness will reveal Him.
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for being so selfish and prideful. It is my prayer that I have a constant attitude of gratitude and humility. Give me a spirit of brokenness and to daily seek your will above my own. Lord, let my actions reflect your true character and to put others needs before my own. Give me the strength, courage, and conviction to obey your Word and follow your example no matter how hard it may seem.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I have been married to my beautiful wife, Christy, almost 19 years. We have two amazing children: Elijah and Kayla. I am currently the facilities manager at Life Assembly and just received a bachelor’s degree in Christian counseling. I enjoy doing missionary work, spending time with my family, and I love boating season!