Kevin Wayne Johnson
A CORRECT ATTITUDE TO GROW (while at work)
Your attitude is one of the few things that is totally under your control. Life is 10% of what happens to us, but 90% of how we respond to life’s situations and circumstances. Jesus Christ’s first public sermon is a powerful teaching about the importance of having a correct attitude. His timing is crucial as He teaches this awesome message after being tempted by Satan on three different occasions. In Matthew, chapter four, The Holy Bible records the confrontation between Jesus and Satan. Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights and was hungry (verse 2). Satan attempted to persuade Jesus to “partner” with him during this trying time. He mistakenly assumed that Jesus was too weak to resist his three proposals. But, the Word records their conversations as follows:
“…if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But He answered and said, It is written, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORK THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD. Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple. And said unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down…Jesus said unto him, It is written again, THOU SHALL NO TEMPT THE LORD THY GOD. Again, the devil took Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and shewed Him all the kingdoms of this world, and the glory of them; And said unto Him, All these things I will give thee, if thou fall down and worship me. Then Jesus said unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, THOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE (verses 4-10).”
Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him (verse 11).”
The Beattitudes – ‘The attitude we ought to be’ – is the first message that Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew, chapter 5, verses one through twelve:
“And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when he was set, His disciples came unto Hiim: And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying,
:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.
Attitude #1 – Humility
:4 Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Attitude #2 – Concern about the sinful condition of this world.
:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Attitude #3 – Keep your strength (power) under control.
:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Attitude #4 – Fulfillment comes from being right with God.
:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Attitude #5 – Be compassionate towards the plight of others.
:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Attitude #6 – Be sincere in your actions.
:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Attitude #7 – Avoid strife, drama, and contentions. Exhibit a peaceful demeanor even in the midst of a storm.
:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.
Attitude #8 – Others will not understand that your success is contingent upon your Godly lifestyle and your personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. When they resent it and speak evil against you, continue to seek God first and foremost in everything.
:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Attitude #9 – Remain steadfast in the faith. Even Jesus was persecuted.
:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
A positive attitude is a powerful force. It cannot be stopped.
Source: Give God the Glory! Called to be Light in the Workplace by Kevin Wayne, Johnson, 2003, Chapter One (Growth)