Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 4, 2018

“have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 6:20-26.

“And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.  Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.  Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven.  For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.  But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.  Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry.  Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.”   Luke 6:20-26.

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These are commonly known as the “Beatitudes”, probably because they are commonly taught that we should “be” with these “attitudes”.

Maybe, they should be called “Haveatitudes”, because the focus should be on God rather than on man, the focus should be on what God has done for us rather than on what we should do, and the focus should be that God causes us to “have” these “attitudes”.

The fact that we are “in Christ” controls everything, including our attitude.  Christ’s attitude becomes our attitude, and God works in us including to give us the proper attitude.  “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.  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  …

for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:5-8 and 13.

The fact that we value and seek knowing Christ far beyond other things determines our attitude.

“More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,”  Philippians 3:8-9.

And, if we have a different attitude, God will reveal it to us and correct it.

“Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude;  and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;  however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”  Philippians 3:15-16.

Finally, God is not only concerned with our actions but is also concerned with our attitude.  God’s work in us does not only control our action but also our attitude.  God completes and perfects His work within us, so that we can trust God to give us such a Godly attitude.  

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.


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