The story is told that an old man was wearing a shirt that sported the following sentence: “I am not 80 years old…I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience”. That is an example of ATTITUDE. There are all sorts of variations on that theme, but recently I saw a marque sign at a motel that was unique, and it made me laugh. While I don’t think it really had anything to do with the motel, I loved the sign, drove around the block to see it once more, and then took a picture of it so I would remember what it said:
You may have heard that before, but I had not. I think it illustrates an attitude that does not bemoan circumstances, rather it acknowledges facts and moves on.
The reality is that we all have things about ourselves that are less than flattering, perhaps some more than others, but each of us is held captive by some negative comment made by others that has shaped our own image into a false image which we cannot seem to overcome.
Beloved, the eternal reality is that Jesus Christ loved us when there was NOTHING to love. We were sinners through and through. Adam determined that way back when he ate the forbidden fruit, and we have been under that original sin curse ever since. We have no beauty in us, even the good things that we do are marred by sin and self-interest, by pride and arrogance, and by disobedience of God’s law.
Paul said it this way:
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Let those words sink into your heart and into your mind … God loved us while we were sinners. But He could not leave us as sinners because of His holy justice. So, He sent Christ to die for us. Christ paid our debt on the cross. We no longer have to struggle to try to please God because that has already occurred. We just need to claim Christ as our Savior and Lord, and we then live a life that is in conformity with His Word.
That means that the false image that plagues you today is washed away by the blood of the Lamb of God. What does God see when He looks at you? We know what He sees because His Word tells us:
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
In referencing what the Lord Jesus did for us, Paul says this about God sending His Son:
“For our sake he [God] made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him [Jesus Christ] we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
For those in Jesus Christ, God sees the Lord’s righteousness when He looks at us. We are covered in the robes of our Lord and His righteousness. No false image, no trying to be good enough, no sin and no fear of God because He has given His Son to be our Savior.
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
So, what should be our attitude? Paul, farther along in the same chapter, supplies the thrilling answer:
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Many people want to be a conqueror, but we are more than merely conquerors … we are children of the Sovereign, Almighty, Creator, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent GOD, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Attitude – it should not be arrogant because we are children of the King, rather it should be that of our Lord Jesus Christ. We should be servant to all because we are nothing more than sinners, saved by grace. For that we should be eternally thankful. So, what is your attitude?
Father, please forgive me when i have let the opinions of other men and women dictate what I think of myself. Give me the strength and courage to look only to You for my meaning, worth and value. Enable me to think in terms of eternality rather than earthly, and let me remember that my true value is seen in terms of Jesus and His righteousness.