Be Attitudes

Posted: July 28, 2015 in TLCC
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Your identity in Christ determines your attitude in this life. The question is…Where do you place your identity?

There are four things that Jesus taught that we should be aware of. We may place our identity, our significance and our attention on these things instead of Christ.

#1 Wealth

Today, there are a lot of talks about wealth. From movies to books to seminars. The question is, what should our attitude be with regards to wealth? Jesus said…

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. 

(Luke 6:20, 24)

He’s not saying you are righteous because you are poor. There are ways to be poor without being righteous.

(a) Laziness. You can be poor because you are lazy (Prov. 10:4).
(b) Consequences. You can be poor because of consequences – a debt, a bad lifestyle, trusting strangers over your estate.

We can be poor because of…

(a) Tragedy. You got sick. You lost your job. You have to take care of your parents.
(b) Righteousness. You don’t steal. You’re not greedy. You don’t cheat.

You are blessed. You see your need for God more than ever. Jesus was rich yet became poor for our sake.

If you care about money, if you care about status or possessions…woe is you! If your identity is how much money you have in the bank or in your wallet…woe is you! If your identity and existence is based on accumulation of wealth…woe is you! If you’re studying so you would have a good job so you would be able to have a high paying job…woe is you!

Think about where you spend your money the most. Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. Put your money where your mouth is. If you say “God is your priority”, then your money would follow that.

Pause for a moment. Ask yourself. What do you spend on? If you see yourself spending more for yourself or accumulating money for yourself, this is the time to refocus.

#2 Comfort

“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.” (Luke 6:21,25)

When you’re happy, you eat. When you’re sad, you binge. When you’re stressed, food is the comfort. When you’ve done a good job, food is the celebration.

Let’s go “food porn”. We worship God with our wealth, we also can worship the wealth. We also can worship God with our food, or worship the food. We can use food to bring people to God, or we can use food to please ourselves.

Woe is you who look for food for comfort instead of God. This goes with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, masturbation, alcohol, anything that gets you addicted to comfort. You’re not going to God for comfort. You put your identity, your security, your significance with the next “meal”, your next comfort. You’re saying…

God, this is more comfortable than you.”

Woe to you who keeps on eating but do not think of others. Woe to you who do not share with those who are in need. Because this is the closest to heaven you will get.

In heaven, we will have the time to eat all we can. Revelations 19…there is a marriage supper. In Isaiah, the coming kingdom has the finest choice of meats, and finest choice of wine.

#3 Power

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!
Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.”

“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.” (Luke 6:21-25)

In our day, we call these victims, those been raped, abused, molested, or families who disowned for the cause of Christ. When our coworkers/classmates ridicule us or mock us for taking a stand with marriage. When we choose to stand against the gay pride, or when people comment stuff that we are “religious”, or “churchy”, or for being “killjoy” for Christ’s sake.

Powerless…to come to a point that we are insignificant to them.

But woe to those who are mocking now. There will be a day when the judge rules over the earth. Where justice would be met out.

#4 Fame

We are a country who keeps on following what Americans do. We have Pinoy Idol for their American Idol. But we also like the idea of being famous. It’s not new.

The thing is, we like to be “liked”. We like people to follow us on twitter. Our confidence grows with many “likes”. As if our world rotates on how many likes our pictures or our posts can create. Why do you post in the first place? Is it to get likes?

“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.

Prov. 29:25 – The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.

When we live for the approval of others so they speak well of us, so they bless us, approve us, Proverbs is saying…that’s a snare. A trap.

If we live to satisfy our parents, our friends, our church, our boyfriend/girlfriend…woe to us.

Woe to us when you googled yourself, or when our performance is based on the affection of others instead of God.

We have to live as an audience of one. That is…God.

So if we live not for wealth, comfort, power or fame, what do we live for? What should be our attitude towards these things?

Focus your attention to Christ. View things in light of eternity.

Wealth – prioritize God in your budgeting. Don’t worship wealth. Invest in the kingdom. Would you invest in reading your Bible? Would you sponsor a small group? Would you use your money to disciple others?

Comfort – Worship God through food. Not worship food. Open your homes, open yourself to discipleship.

Power – use your influence to reach people. Don’t just be a bystander. Do something.

Fame – Point everything back to God.

Your identity in Christ determines your attitude in this life. Focus on things that has eternal value.

Jesus showed we don’t need to have wealth, comfort, power, or fame. He was wealthy but became poor for our sake. He left the comfort of heaven and was born in a manger. He is all-powerful but did not use it to remove everyone who stood in his way. He could be famous if he wanted to but chose humility instead.

This is the attitude we should have. A Kingdom perspective.

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  1. alden says:

    thank you bro 🙂 amen!!

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