There’s this movie, and I cannot for the life of me remember what it is. It’s quite possibly a Mary-Kate & Ashley movie. Don’t laugh. You probably watched it too. Anyway, really the only part of this movie I can remember is the fun scene where they go around to all these shops trying on clothes in a fast paced montage and crazy music in the background. And this french supermodel is with them, all the time saying “attitude, attitude!” (say it in a French accent, it makes way more sense)
Believe me, whenever I go out shopping with girlfriends, I quote this movie. If I have time in between my Winnie the Pooh quotes and humming the music from Lord of the Rings. No wonder my sister is embarrassed to be seen in public with me. I would be too. “Attitude, attitude!”
Sometimes I wonder, does God look down on my behavior and think “attitude, attitude!”
Philippians 2:1-5 says,
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
Can you hear Paul screaming, “attitude, attitude!” Paul is writing this letter to the church at Philippi, encouraging them to continue on in the faith, to continue in their obedience to the Lord, asking them to pray further for him, because (and here’s the kicker) Paul is writing them from prison.
Go back in your Bible to the chapter before. In Philippians 1:12-26, Paul writes that he is rejoicing from his prison cell. He looks at the terrible things that are happening to him, and he says all these things are good for the advance of the gospel. Because he is being persecuted brothers and sisters in the faith are being encouraged and strengthened.
Now I just have to stop. And point something out. It says in Galatians 5:22 & 23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
I can’t help but see (even in his writing) the fruit of the spirit demonstrated in Paul. Maybe some of you have been imprisoned for your faith, but I haven’t. I can’t even imagine. Paul was in prison. Can you imagine? A stinking, rat-infested, criminal filled p-r-i-s-o-n. And yet he talked so little about his circumstance. He instead focused on how his circumstance was used to further the gospel. And then he exhorts fellow believers to take the same attitude. To be of a like mind. To be humble. And to watch out for the needs of others, even before their own.
So what’s your circumstance? And how’s your attitude?