“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1John 2:15-17)
Before we can begin to receive the instruction of the Holy Spirit and enter into the deeper things of God, we must first have the correct attitude.
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James 4:6)
Many different sermons with many different interpretations have been preached based upon the Scripture, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).
But let’s look at the entire context of the Scripture.
Here we read in Philippians chapter two verses five through eight,
“Let this mind (attitude) be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philip. 2:5-8)
Now, the Gospel of John chapter one verse one tells us,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
These verses in the Bible tell us that Jesus Christ was in the form of God, was God, and was equal with God.
But yet Christ had such a humble nature that He yielded Himself to the will of His Father, took upon Himself the form of flesh, and in obedience suffered the shame and torment of the death on the cross.
And we are to follow after the example of Christ’s obedience.
Throughout the next few posts we are going to be building upon two underlying principles. They are humbleness of self and pride or reverence for God our Father.
It is written in First Corinthians,
“That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1Co 1:29-31)
As God was revealing this to me, He gave an illustration of how some Christians today treat God in their daily lives.
He brought to my remembrance how several times I had been out in a public place such as a mall or a county fair, and there I would sometimes see parents with their child on a harness and leash.
I’m sure to the parents it was a matter of convenience and safety, but to me it just didn’t seem right.
The parents would often be walking along and the child would be trailing behind, when suddenly the child would stop and see something of interest and the leash would tighten as the parents continued to walk.
The parent would stop and tug on the leash telling the child to “come on, come on” and the parents then would continue on partially dragging the child behind them.
Many Christians have come to a place of spiritual pride in their lives where it is as if they are dragging God behind them believing Him to go their direction and fulfill their desires when it is really not the direction or desires of God.
We need to be humble of self and submit our will to God, always recognizing and giving respect to our Heavenly Father and having pride in Him.
The Lord gave me another illustration to show the true attitude we should have toward Him. It is opposite to the illustration of the child on the leash.
Did you ever see a little boy walking hand-in-hand with his daddy? It doesn’t matter to him how dark an alley they walk down. It doesn’t make any difference to him how rough a section of town he is in because he is with his dad.
He doesn’t even think about himself and the situation.
It doesn’t enter into his mind what he would have to do should trouble arise because he knows that his daddy has everything under control.
He has complete trust in his father. He is not afraid.
This is the way we are to walk with God.
Our Heavenly Father is able.
We are to walk as ambassadors of Christ fully recognizing the power we have as His ambassadors but never forgetting it is all His power.
This attitude of spiritual pride has really infiltrated the church more than any of us realize. There are those who have even come to the point of thinking that they can command God as to what he has to do.
This is spiritual pride in the extreme.
We are going to be dealing more and more with this error of spiritual pride in future posts.