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Attitudes, actions, and law

I recently felt a need to check if my perception that Jesus humanly sought and followed the Holy Spirit’s guidance much like we need to — could be found in the Bible. I know my beliefs about that changed from the more child-impressing Superhero-God disguised as a human that I had thought he was. In that search I came to Philippians 2 and John 5 as the main places where a basis for that perception of mine can be found.

It comes down to now believing that Jesus set aside the use of all SuperDivine powers in order to live a fully human existence.

However, in that search I was pleased to also came across support for two other thought-streams that had been weaving their way through my valley of awareness. I have often said that “Humility pursued is already lost” and that “Humility is an Attitude” that results in certain kinds of actions. To wake up in the morning and say “Today I will strive to be humble, and then to proceed to start measuring your humbleness-revealing actions is actually a form of pridefulness. True humility does not measure, it is not aware of itself.

The other, similar thought-stream is one about Sabbath. Sabbath too is an attitude that can be revealed in certain actions or inactions, but it is not the action. Yet many of us were raised to respect Sabbath by doing certain actions (or NOT doing certain actions). In the theological jet-stream I am part of, to do any kind of action or to refrain from some actions in order to ‘earn’ God’s favour is called works-righteousness. So there is a dillema in that contradiction.

In Phillippians 2 Paul calls believers to Christ imitating humility, a humility that sets aside selfish ambition and conceit and insodoing creates unity and likemindedness. Then he says “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Other translations use Attitude. So there I had it in scripture that Humility is a mindset or attitude that shows fruit in some actions. Why do we focus so much on the actions then?

In John 5:17 we find Jesus saying ““My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” I take that to be saying God never takes a Sabbath from showing grace and mercy and from healing. So Sabbath is in the mix of topics being displayed in this chapter. Jesus goes on to say “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.”

That to me displays an attitude, a mindset of watchfulness that is looking for what God is already doing and then for what Jesus (or we) can do to be part of what God already has in place. That attitude does not respect our calendar of days of inactivity engaged in to show respect to God.

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