Day 23 // Attitude

“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.” Philippians 2:5-7 (NIV)

Attitude is everything, isn’t it? You can teach aptitude, but you can’t teach attitude. It’s more caught than taught. Someone said your attitude will determine your altitude in life. How high will you go? It’s really up to you. You can blame circumstance and people; but at the end of the day, you get to determine how far you will go most of the time. It’s amazing how exciting the attitude of kids will get around Christmas. We’re only a couple of days away, and I see the anticipation on the faces of kids all around me. None of them want to be crossed off the list for being naughty. What about you? How’s your attitude these days? Have the years begun to cloud your attitude with a critical spirit, negativity and complaining? It’s so easy to find fault, get impatient and angry. The older I get, the more I have to intentionally check my attitude from going sour. When it does, everyone around me can smell it.

There’s an attitude check in our Advent adventure passage today. It can make all the difference in how Christ-like you will be this Christmas. Maybe we should have reviewed this before we went shopping, you think. Better late than never, especially as you prepare for the relatives to come over. The Bible challenges us to have the same attitude as Christ! Wow? How do you do that? It won’t happen by imitation. That only leads to frustration for you and everyone around you. You can’t. God never said you could. To have the attitude of Christ, I need the life of Christ first of all. With Christ in me, I have at my disposal His attitude. What does that mean? Notice how the attitude of Christ willingly yielded personal rights. Though He was in very nature God, Christ did not consider equality with God something to be grasped the passage says, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant. God not only became a man but humbled Himself to become a servant.

When I have the attitude of Christ, I will do the same. I will serve others as I would serve Him. Look out when that happens. Even skeptics take note when they see God behaving in His people. Your Christmas will become more meaningful than ever if you will ask the Christ of Christmas to give you His attitude for serving.

Lord, I can’t. You never said I could; but, You can and always said You would if only I would make myself available to all of You. Thank you for coming to live within me and giving me Your attitude toward others and the circumstances I face. In You I am more than adequate to face them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

What circumstances are you facing where you need the attitude of Christ?

Who are the people in your life you can serve?

How could you display the attitude of Christ with your family this Christmas?

Hundreds of volunteer positions are needed to be filled for the Christmas Eve services. Where could you serve?