How is our attitude on the journey of following Jesus? Paul writes the letter to the Christians in Philippi from a prison cell. We need to remind ourselves of his attitude in a difficult season of his life.
In Philippians 4: 4-5, Paul writes about the attitude of the follower of Jesus: “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I will say it again – rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.”
Let me be honest: my attitude is not always right according to God’s Word. We need to be reminded of this continually throughout the journey.
- Always be full of joy in the Lord. How many cannot say I am always joyful in the Lord? Some days are complex, and we are not joyful, never mind being full of joy. There are days when we are sick, in pain, dealing with issues at home, and we just do not feel joyful. But Paul tells us that we are to be full of joy in the Lord. When we have Jesus, we need the attitude and spirit of joy. Because “In His presence there is fullness of joy.” His presence is with us on the good and even the lousy days! We must remind ourselves today: “The joy of the Lord is our strength.”
- Paul says we need this attitude today: “Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.” How are we doing in this area? Are we considerate? Are we living like Jesus in our homes, in our daily lives?
We need the Holy Spirit to do this, and the motivation should be that “Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” To change our attitude, we need to change our focus. How would we live if we knew that Jesus was coming soon?
Lord, help me have the attitude Paul writes about in these verses! I cannot do this in my own strength. But Paul writes in this letter: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Lord, strengthen me today!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pastor Ronald Squibb has been the International Christian Church (ICC) Lead Senior Pastor at Staten Island, New York, since 2011. He draws many experiences from his over 40 years as a pastor and significant emotional life experiences.
His new book, Following the Journey with Jesus, which he co-authored with Daniel McNaughton, was recently published and is getting rave reviews. His daily devotional appears in this publication.