Phil. 2:5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
“You Must”. Did you notice that Paul does not say would you think about? No he said “You Must”. “You must” is not a request. “You Must” is not a desire Paul hopes the Philippians might think about doing. He is saying that “You Must” and he expend them to do it.
This is also what God is saying to you. Yes God is saying “You Must” i.e. this is what you are to do. Not a request for you to think about.
This is not the only “You Must” the Philippians were to fulfill. This is not the only “You Must” we are to fulfill. Look at this:
Phil. 1:27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ.
Too often we treat these statements “You Must” as optional. Too often we treat them as if we really did not hear or read this, or better yet I often hear, but I do not know how.
When I was in School, if a teacher told me “You Must” do “X” to graduate, I knew I had to complete “X” or I would not graduate. If I did not know how, then I needed to figure it out or ask someone.
If Christians are not treating these “You Must” statements as something “they must” do, why are the Pastors, why are the Church leaders not speaking up and addressing this. Why are the Churches remaining silent? Why are these Leaders not handing out “F’s” on the report cards. It is not a gray area. Either the people are fulfilling these “You Must” or they are not.
So God’s word to us, We “Must”” live like Christ. We “Must” have an attitude of Self-Sacrificial living. We “Must” live not as visitors, not as guests but live as citizens. Live as someone who has their citizenship in Heaven. We “Must” live life that is worthy of Christ and the work He did on the cross.
So if these are what we must do, what is keeping us from living life like Christ, living life worthy of Christ?
I believe Paul sums it up for us with one more exhortation.
Phil. 2:3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others… 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests.
Maybe just maybe we have fallen to that horrible sickness that has swept through our Nation, the “Me” virus. It is highly contagious so be careful.