By: Lisa Wilmore
Scripture: Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose…You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had (Phillipians 2:1-2,5 NLT).
Recently, after a long day of meetings and other responsibilities that are a part of my profession, there was still just one more thing I had to do before ending the day-which was to take my daughter shopping for a homecoming dance dress.
It was an overwhelming day, and I was exhausted from travel which taxed my body. However, during the travel time, I had an opportunity to pray and offer thanksgivings to God. In addition, I was able to reflect on uncompleted tasks with deadlines the next day. So, after challenges from the job, one could say that I had discomfortures of tiredness, both mentally and physically.
My daughter and I were able to journey to a department store and shop in a timely manner. We were able to find a beautiful dress which she felt was perfect for the occasion. When we took the dress to the checkout counter, no one was there. We began to look around for a sales associate, and finally, someone appeared. However, between the sales associate checking prices and completing the transaction, all kind of displeasing things happened that furthered my tiredness and added a layer of impatience. I must admit that I quickly examined my heart. This examination fostered change in my attitude. An attitude from inward unpleasantness to outward kindness. In fact, instead of revealing an attitude of agitation, I immediately became grateful for the service of the individual. As a result, God blessed my daughter and me to pay a substantial amount less than we expected. Thank you, God!
The question to ponder in this message is, “Is my attitude pleasing to God?” Although I had not begun to display an outward expression of what was happening inwardly, I became mindful of my attitude due to my desire to please him. At that moment, I realized that if this person is not saved and I act unbefitting, I have lost a chance to show Christ-like characteristics which could eventually yield to her acceptance of him.
Paul reminds us in the noted text that even in the body of Christ, we must be cautious in our dealings with each other-always revealing the attitude of Christ, tender and compassionate with one another-which pleases God.