~ Chapter 1 ~
The Attitude of a Disciple
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2: 5-8).
If you are going to emulate any characteristic traits of Jesus, you must first begin with a transformation of your attitude. Do you realize what this means? You are being summoned to exchange your attitude for the mind (attitude) of Christ. Generally speaking, you cannot keep your attitude; your attitude dies today.
Why does it have to be this way? Simply because your entire way of thinking has been constructed for years in a spiritually lost condition. Everything you perceive about yourself, society, family, work, church, marriage, and pain is warped when compared to Jesus’ perception of such topics. You see, when you were born-again, you and I brought all of our preconceived “baggage” to Christ.
It is through the process of being discipled that we willingly exchange that baggage for Christ’s “ways” of handling things. In doing so, remember that Jesus does not call us to debate or question Him; He calls us to surrender and trust Him. This is how your attitude undergoes a complete renovation! The following chapter is devoted to display the commands that Jesus gave, in order to construct the necessary attitude in a disciple needed for following Him. So, may the attitude develop in you which was also in Christ Jesus.