Philippians 2:5-11 talks about the attitude we should have as the one that Christ Jesus had. It says that He was humble, obedient, was willing to become like one of us, meet us where we’re at, and walk the path of obedience to His death. That’s quite an attitude.
Can you imagine if Jesus would have had a different kind of attitude? Imagine with me, for a minute, the living room of heaven prior to Jesus’ birth. There, sitting around the fireplace, are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and the conversation goes something like this: “Well, Son,” said the Father, “The time has come. We have promised people for a long time that we would send them a Savior.”
Now, imagine if Jesus had had a different kind of attitude. For example, what if He would have said, “But we’ve never done it that way before.”
What if Jesus had responded to the Father by saying, “What’s wrong with the way we’ve always done it? We did a flood once; it worked pretty well. Why can’t we do that again?”
What if Jesus had had an attitude that went like this? “Go to the earth? Die on the cross? That’s too much cost. I can’t afford that. That’s just too much to ask.”
What if Jesus had this kind of attitude? “Well, that kind of a plan will work here in heaven, but it certainly won’t work on earth. They just won’t respond.”
Or, what if Jesus had had this kind of attitude? “They know where we are. Let them come to us if they want to come.”
You see, an attitude has a lot to do with how we respond. I once saw an advertisement in Time magazine by General Electric. It said these very important words: “Sometimes we have to see things differently before we can do things differently.”
Kent Hunter, founder of Church Doctor Ministries, is known as the Church Doctor. His most recent e-books are The Future Is Now and The J-Dog Journey, available at no cost. Contact him at (800) 626-8515, by email, Twitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.