The Cross is an Obstacle to Pride
Attitude – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-8 NLT
Key Verse: Philippians 2:1-8 NLT
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
The word “attitude” is used in many ways. It can be used in a negative sense—usually by parents—when describing a teenager with an attitude! It can be a positive sense in which friends describe someone with a great attitude. Our scripture uses “attitude” as a description of a lifestyle. Christ Jesus lived His life with a certain attitude; it was a mindset. Verse six describes this well: “Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.” The capstone of this attitude is stated clearly: “He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross” (vs. 8).
The cross is an obstacle to pride. The cross will always hinder pride from growing to unhealthy levels. The cross, if understood biblically, will be an obstacle to anyone who is following Christ, to become egotistical. In modern vernacular, the electric chair is an obstacle to pride. How proud can anyone be of themselves if they are on death row? The cross was an instrument of death; the ultimate penalty for committing a crime. There could be no pride to one who was stripped down and paraded through the streets carrying a cross on his way to die.
Humiliation is the word attached to the cross, then and now! Will you humble yourself as Jesus did? (Continued)
Father, I will pick up my cross today. I will surrender my ego to you. What you think of me will matter most! In Jesus’ name, amen.