Then It Came To Me…
“Excelling In Attitude – an ongoing profession.” Well, we bless God for another day. This day, whatever day it is, brings opportunities to enjoy affirming, growing and maturing in our relationships with God through Christ. Every tomorrow brings these opportunities afresh. So, every tomorrow becomes a fresh “today” for excelling in joy and gladness.
We recently received the message, “Excelling In Attitude.” Subsequent to delivering that message, our Lord impressed upon me the need to follow up. In other words, more needs to be said to help lock this into our spirits. Let us recall how Luke 24:49-53 describes the Ascension of our Lord after instructing that the disciples tarry in Jerusalem for empowerment. We see the attitude of these disciples. “They worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (verse 52). In His physical absence they blessed Him for who He is. One might think that in the absence of the Jesus of history, the physical man, they might fall apart. Not so!! His ascension just completed the revelation of His prophecy about what would happen to Him. You and I have the benefit of this infallible written record. So, the joy of the disciples is a joy we share in verse fifty-three tells us that this was no temporary, momentary, fleeting emotion. That verse says, “And (they) were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.” They were practicing “Excelling In Attitude.” So should you and I.
Then, Acts 2:46-47 provides a window for viewing and understanding some vital attitude matters about the early Church. These Christians did, daily, maintain certain practices and attitudes that proved to be their very lifeline. In the temple and from home to home, they fellowshipped. They needed one another and used one another for support and understanding.
These verses reveal these attitudes: gladness and singleness of heart. “Excelling in Attitude,” these Christians lived in a seedbed of praise and thanksgiving which fostered healthy relationships among them and with their God. “Excelling In Attitude” put them in places that pleased God and prompted Him to bless them.”
Should we imitate and emulate these disciples and early Church saints? Certainly!! The Word of God cannot be solely historical. It is alive today. It is empowering today. It is for saints, today.
Should we resign ourselves to simply taking what the devil dishes up? Certainly not!! That would mean our good days are few and fleeting, while our bad days are numerous and enduring. I say “no” to that.
I say we must learn and live the Word of God, trusting the promise of Him who came “that we might have life more abundantly” (John 10:10). Let us engage this matter of “Excelling In Attitude” by obeying Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS.”
Shalom, my Friends,
Pastor Kenneth Doe