Some say life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react. How we react to what happens is directly influenced by our attitudes. This lesson is going to look at various attitudes we might have and how they affect our spiritual lives.
Our Spiritual Attitudes
What Is Your Attitude Toward the Lost? In Luke 18:9 begins a familiar parable about humility, but, in this, we also see a disdainful attitude by the Pharisee toward others who aren’t as righteous as he perceives himself. (See also Romans 12:3.) Ourselves, we need to be careful how we think of and act toward those we don’t agree with on spiritual matters. Consider II Thessalonians 3:14-15. We are told to withdraw from an unfaithful brother or sister, but we are reminded that this individual is not an enemy – he or she is family. Ephesians 4:1-6 speaks to unity and the importance of preserving unity, but this preservation is to be kept through patience and humility.
What Is Your Attitude Toward the Saved? In I John 2:9-11, our relationship with fellow Christians is strongly emphasized. Are we tearing our brothers and sisters down when they are not around? Are we sincerely trying to work out problems? Are we allowing hostile feelings to live beneath our friendly exteriors? Our attitudes should help us build each other up and support each other. Romans 15 speaks to our bearing of each other’s burdens. James 2:14-17 illustrates how we should go that extra mile to help each other out. Not only should we be praying for one another, but we should also be involved in helping out struggling brothers and sisters. (See also Colossians 3:12.)
What Is Your Attitude Toward the Work of the Church? Individuals accomplish to works of the church. If the church is to accomplish anything, it has to be done by its members. Luke 10:2 records Jesus making a call for workers to help with the harvest. Christians need to be proactive in accomplishing tasks that need to be done – from spreading the word to helping our sick members to cleaning the floors.
What Is Your Attitude Toward Worship? Remember, our audience is God. Matthew 18:20 points out that God is present with those who are gathered in his name. How do we view the sermon, Bible class, singing, prayers, and the Lord’s Supper? How do we prioritize our attendance at worship? Is it important, or do we make is just when it is convenient?
Luke 10:23-25 addresses how are attitude toward Christ and ourselves affect our spiritual lives. Philippians 2:1-13 sums up the type of attitude we are to have – one of humility, selflessness, and kindness. If our attitude is correct, then how we treat our brothers and sisters, our worship, our work, and those in the world will be as Christ would intend.
lesson by Tim Smelser