Your Attitude is everything
The secret to walking on the path of the righteous is your attitude. We have a choice between the path that leads to life, and the path which leads to destruction. Our spirit pulls us towards God’s path but our flesh seeks the easier path which leads to destruction. Our soul chooses where we will go.
The human soul, which is made up of the mind, the will, and the emotions, chooses to accept or reject God. The state of the entire soul revolves around our attitude. The important choice between God and the world, must be made by the human will. The will is controlled by attitude.
Your attitude will determine where you are going. Your attitude towards the things of God will determine your destiny. If you believe God’s promises, you are headed for the sky. If you choose to ignore God’s will for your life, your path will sink lower and lower.
Your attitude directly effects how high you will go. Jesus promised, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). Righteousness is a free gift of God, but you must accept it. Being righteous begins with a decision you make.
God has a plan for your life, but if your attitude is bad, your destiny will not be fulfilled. The children of Israel are a prime example of this. God wanted to take them into the promised land which flowed with milk and honey but the Israelites had a bad attitude problem. They complained about everything. They hated Moses, they hated the desert, and they hated the food God gave them. Their attitudes were bad.
Moses sent twelve spies into the Promised Land to explore. All twelve came back and reported it was a good land. They had seen the blessings God had in store for His children. However, ten of the spies came back with bad attitudes. These ten spies pointed to the giants in the land and they said it would be impossible for the children of Israel to conquer them.
Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, came back with good attitudes. They proclaimed to the Israelites, “The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you...” (Deuteronomy 1:30). It was ten spies against two and the bad attitudes won. The people mentally decided it would be impossible for them to take over Canaan.
God was forced to give them a time-out for forty years to change their attitudes. Like unruly children, the Israelites were forced to sit in the corner until they changed the way they thought. God was angry and swore, “Not a man of this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your forefathers, except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly” (Deuteronomy 1:34-36).
Caleb and Joshua followed the Lord wholeheartedly. Because of their good attitudes, God allowed them to go into the promised land. None of the bad attitude bunch ever went into the land flowing with milk and honey. A good attitude takes you where God wants you to go, but a bad attitude will cause you to wonder around in circles in the desert.
Your attitude should be the same as Jesus Christ
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). Jesus had the attitude of a servant and he allowed himself to be humbled by dying on a cross for our sins in obedience to God.
“He (Jesus) humbled himself and became obedient to death ‑ even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:8-11).
Jesus’ attitude caused His altitude to change. Jesus had a humble attitude of obedience to God. This attitude caused him to be lifted high on a cross, so he could draw all men to God. The cross was a painful experience, but Jesus went through with it, because his Father asked him to. Because of his attitude of obedience, God exalted Jesus to the highest place.
Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:33‑34). If we will humble ourselves and take up our cross, God will exalt us. This exaltation is not for our gain. Its purpose is to draw all men unto God. Our attitude should be the desire to please and obey God. We need to follow the example of Jesus.