The To Be And Not To Be Attitudes, Part 1
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. Philippians 2:5-7 NASB
Jesus taught His disciples the meaning of what it was to have His divine attitude in all things called the "Beatitudes." We as His disciples also have the choice to be "Do be's or don't be's." We can have an attitude that is Christ-like or we can have the attitude of the world in which we live, but are not supposed to be of.
Our attitude effects those we come in contact with, as we either exhibit Christ or our fallen fleshly nature which is contrary to His. Much of our witness to the world has been marred by our negative and condescending attitudes that we have displayed toward people instead of showing them the love and mercy of our Lord. We are the ambassadors of Heaven, representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ and the only image the world will ever see of God in the flesh!
The way we portray the Lord Jesus is the way the lost of this world will see Him and we have been given a huge responsibility in that we are the expression of His body in the earth. So, how does the Jesus you have been portraying look to those in your circle of influence, a holy and righteous individual or a fleshly display of human indulgence?
You are our epistle (letter) written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is of the heart. II Corinthians 3:2,3
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin