Disclaimer: This is my testimony. We each have our own stories of how the Lord has met us in various seasons of life. Well, this is part of mine. =]
Scripture reminds me that “you must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had (Phil. 2:5, NLT).”
This is talking about every single Christ-follower. If we claim to be His, this message is extended to us. The only reason our attitude can growingly become more like Jesus Christ’s is because He is our Savior to whom we have given our hearts and lives over to. It is 100% about the Lord and His strength.
Currently, I have much I am grieving. This message extends to me too. But thankfully, He meets us where we are. And for every way we have failed, there is much more grace to cover our every failure. All I know is what Scripture teaches us. And it says His grace is more than enough! (2 Cor. 12:9, Rom. 5:20-21)
How does the Lord meet me in my grief? How does that affect my becoming increasingly more like Christ?
My level of grief is overwhelming, to say the least. But as days turn into weeks and months, it gets a little easier. And I realize now that the only way through any kind of grief is through Jesus Christ. As I spend time with Him in prayer and Bible study, I have increasingly more peace about where I am in my grieving journey and life in general. But, it is definitely a very big process. I didn’t wake up one day and randomly feel better. I have been trying to seek ways of moving toward healing through prayer, crying, encouragement, talk therapy, and trying to get in the Word when I can (which has to be a guilt free process, where I show myself a lot of grace on my bad days).
I don’t have all the answers. I am simply choosing to trust Him with my heart, and relying on His grace and power to make up for what I lack. He is more than enough, so I don’t have to expect perfection. I can choose honesty and pursue unity with Christ and other believers in my everyday life. And as I do this, He is continuing to give me the strength and to make this life worth living.
I have to hourly invite the Lord Jesus Christ into my life, grief journey, and every other aspect of my life. It is only then that my attitude could begin to resemble something from Him! For the first time in a while, as I sit with my Savior, I am able to find gratitude in my daily life and to experience His peace that truly does go beyond all human understanding.
He is how I am making it through the valley. It is definitely not a:Mountain Top: scene with beautiful things all around, but it is where He is choosing to lead me and to see how He is showing up in my life. He is showing me that there is much more for me to learn… and I have to trust Him more!
While we are each invited to be clothed in Christ and allow His characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit (Col. 3, Gal. 5), we are each on a different stage of this “Christ-like Attitude Journey”. It is only by the way of Jesus Christ and His strength, that we can see Him “show up” in our attitudes.
Instead of comparing ourselves to others, may we do a bit of introspection? I have been thinking of this weekly reflection. I wouldn’t publish it for the world to see, but I think it is time for me to bring it back for my own spiritual walk with precious Jesus – the One who has loved me (and us) since before the foundations of the world… and He still does love me (and absolutely yes, us). He is so in love with us, and He deserves to be more at the center of my life (and yep, our lives!).