Have you ever been told you need an attitude adjustment? I have. In the old days, it often took the form of a paddle to the rear end. One of the definitions of attitude on dictionary.com is tendency or orientation, especially of the mind. We all have an attitude and some even have attitude. Not all attitudes are good even though a lot of people think anything goes. But every now and then we can all use an adjustment.
Here is the Bible definition: “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had” (Philippians 2:5, NLT). Many verses, especially in Paul’s letters, expand on his attitude and how he thought of himself and treated people. He no doubt never needed an attitude adjustment, but we sure do, and not just once, but many times over the course of our lives. “Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean we will never need to repent, clean up our attitudes or address the brokenness within. We may be covered by the redemptive work of Christ, but God’s work is an ongoing deep work” (emphasis mine; from a YouVersion devotional plan called Make Room).
God is invested in the inner transformation of each of his children and has given us his Holy Spirit to affect our change in heart to help us grow in grace. We have the responsibility to participate in the transformation through the spiritual disciplines. We also need to pay attention to those times we let outside influences and our own desires pull us away from the same orientation as Jesus – not thinking too highly of ourselves and living in humble obedience to the cross, the crucified life.