"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." -Philippians 2:5-11.Jesus Calms the Storm: Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:36-41, Luke 8:22-25
- Jesus remained calm in adversity (Matt. 8:23, 26). He didn't panic. He didn't worry.
- Jesus considered the disciples' worry a lack of faith (Matt. 8:26). "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Ouch. Not only did Jesus not worry during the storm, he rebuked those that did (the disciples) when their Savior was right there with them. He is right to chastise us for our shallow faith when he is riding in the boat with us.
- Jesus demonstrated faith (Matt. 9:2) and works (Matt. 9:6)--faith that the man's sins were forgiven; works by healing the man. In our own lives, works alone will not save us, but works should be part of the outward manifestation of our salvation. Jesus combined faith and works.
- Jesus spent time with "sinners" in order to minister to them (Matt. 9:9-10). "Sinners" are all of us. I should not limit my circle of friends and acquaintances to only those I can relate to, understand, or feel comfortable with. If I do, I maintain a righteous attitude.