Today’s message at church was about “Staying Focused in a Land of Plenty.” Our pastor reminded us that our focus should be Jesus first and always. Not the fact that our neighbor hangs out with those people or they don’t vote the way they are supposed to vote, or they shop at the wrong stores… All of the foolish Pharisee-like ways we excuse ourselves from sharing the Love of God with those who need Him.
Our attitude should be loving those who are lost and introducing them to the ultimate hide-and-seek player of all time–Jesus. Jesus didn’t take on a better-than attitude–and He was the only one who could in all of history.
No, Scripture is clear in Philippians 2:5-11, “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth— and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
So, if we are to be like Christ, we are to think of others first, not ourselves (Philippians 2:4) and we are to introduce them to Christ so they can conform to His way, not try to fit them into our mold.
If we had the perspective of being grateful for our salvation–so much so, that we could not contain our story of Grace from Heaven, maybe those who are Lost like we once were, could be Found, like we say we are.
It’s time to change our attitude.