To have Christ's attitude seems impossible. However, it's not only possible but a "must" (Phil 2:5). Jesus' attitude is to empty Himself by obediently accepting even death on the cross, and through death be glorified (Phil 2:7-9). We must have that attitude. There are no excuses (Lk 14:18). We are weak, but He is strong. We can't do it ourselves, but we can let it be done unto us (Lk 1:38). It's impossible for us, but nothing's impossible for God (Lk 1:37).
We don't have to have "willpower," but we do need "will," that is, a willingness to be like Jesus in all the gory and glory details, in death and resurrection, in suffering and victory. The question is not: "Am I strong enough to follow Christ?" but "Do I really want to follow Him?" "He was spurned and avoided by men, a Man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, One of those from Whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held Him in no esteem" (Is 53:3).
Do I want to follow in those footsteps? Do I want to be a Christian? Jesus is obviously not out to sell us on Christianity. Sure, the Christian has the abundant, eternal life. However, the Lord does not use this to talk us into the kingdom; He loves us into the kingdom.
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†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 6, 2006.