This is part of a series of writings I am working on to expand the post I published earlier, Pure In HEART. This series will be taking a more detailed look at each point of that post. Today I look at part three, Pure in Attitude.
Again, the seeds for this series came from God through a song that took up residence in my mind for the better part of a week. 🙂 I think the song may be titled, “Highway To Heaven”, but the line that stuck with me is, “it’s a highway to heaven . . . none can go up there . . . but the pure in heart . . . well, it’s a highway to heaven . . . walking on the King’s highway!”
The phrase that continually jumped out at me was the idea of “pure in heart“. I believe God has given me another acrostic to provide the framework for a sermon He has been giving me — and thus a series of writings. What does it mean to be pure in heart? I want to look at five areas that should help lead us toward being pure in heart and I begin with this post focused on the attitude we live with and view life through.
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)
We’ve all probably said it at some time or at least heard it said, “Boy, do they have an attitude!”. How many times have you heard a parent, or someone else, say, “Drop the attitude now or you’re going to find yourself in big trouble!”? Typically when we think about attitude or talk about attitude, more often than not it is going to involve a bad attitude. Is that because they are more common, more noticeable, more in need of correction, some other reason, or some combination of several reasons? The reason for a bad attitude isn’t all that important — the important part is what will I do to replace it!
God says that when we become His child, part of getting rid of the old self is to take on a new attitude in our mind — to become pure in attitude! How do we do that? Our new attitude comes when we commit to a diligent pursuit of “out with the old, in with the new”. We escape being conformed to the attitude of this world when we are transformed by a renewing of our mind. As we consider what we have through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, we should be compelled to examine the attitude we live life with and the attitude we view others through.
Paul writes to the Philippians that because of all that we have through being united with Christ we should not only look to our own interest, but be concerned with the interest of others as well. He says to do this our attitude needs to be the same as that of Christ Jesus. We must allow the renewing of our mind to replace our worldly, selfish attitude with a Christ-like, serving attitude. We grow in purity of attitude when we willingly humble ourself and take on the role of a servant to those around us. Being a servant is not that unusual — most of us are in that role at least at times in our life. The big question for this discussion is what attitude do we carry into that role? God calls us to be pure in attitude and serve others with a willing and humble heart. It is this type of pure attitude that portrays the nature of Jesus to a world that is in desperate need of a true relationship with God that can only be found through Him.
So, how’s your attitude? Are you allowing your attitude to be transformed by a renewing of your mind by God’s Spirit? Do you willingly humble yourself and serve others with a pure attitude? I pray that you and I would pursue God faithfully and be found “pure in HEART” because we have paid attention to purity in our Humor, Eyes, Attitude, Relationships, and Teaching!