When it comes to serving God, our attitude is important. One of the main points of Jesus’s sermon on the mount was that our thoughts matter…our attitude matters. He taught that there are not just sins of the hands, but also sins of the heart/mind. This wasn’t a new concept; however, since Deuteronomy 6:5 says Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Thus, we must not just love him with all our strength (our actions/efforts) but also with all our heart. We must have a right attitude in our heart. The Bible has much to say about what type of attitude we should have; it’s an attitude of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22-23)
Developing this attitude within ourselves does not happen overnight, but instead comes over time through years of communion with God, study of God’s word, and self-discipline in response to God’s guidance.
In addition to prayer and Bible-study, Paul gives us key insight into how we can maintain a proper Godly attitude in our daily life.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
“With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”
Paul says whatever we do at work, at school, or home; do it as unto the Lord, and remember that He will reward our efforts. Striving for the mindset of doing all things as unto the Lord ensures that our attitude remains right before God. This is important because sins of action always begin as sins of attitude. Next time you pray, pray as David did in Psalm 139.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
God, help us all to have a Godly attitude. Search our hearts and teach us to be more like you.