While Zacharias was taking his turn at offering the daily incense in the temple, an angel of God appeared to him to tell him about the upcoming pregnancy of his wife who had been barren. Coming several days before Elizabeth would become pregnant, Zacharias was told the mission of this son would be to turn the “disobedient to the attitude of the righteous” (Luke 1:17).
Turning the attitude of people, especially those who are disobedient to the Lord, is very difficult. It requires many hours of persuasive talking to people; as well as much effort in working with people to change their attitude. The question to be considered is, what is the attitude of the righteous?
When one considers the word attitude they often think of the feelings of an individual expressed through their actions. It is how the mind thinks about a certain situation or thing.
When one consider the word righteous they often think about one being characterized by doing that which is right. Righteous is a descriptive word describing the uprightness of an action or the virtuous living of an individual.
So what would the mind be thinking about if the person is characterized by doing what is right?
A righteous person would be thinking about how they would implement in their lives the correct way of doing any action. It does not matter if it is putting something together or if it is following directions to the house of someone; they always want to do things the right way.
Doing things the correct way is very important to the attitude of the righteous person. Within their own mind it is very difficult to consider doing things the wrong way. Doing things in the wrong manner is not given a second thought. Conducting life in an unrighteous manner is not considered. Their focus is upon living righteously.
The attitude of the righteous is very different from the attitude of the disobedient. They want to do what is right. They want to see things done in the proper manner. The want to see other people doing what is right, especially when it comes to living righteously according to God’s standards.
The number of disobedient people John turned to the attitude of the righteous is unknown. We are told that John had some disciples who later became disciples of Jesus. From what background did these disciples come, no one knows. However, Jesus was very complimentary concerning the work John did.
Today the attitude of the disobedient needs to be turned to the attitude of the righteous. We need to have the attitude of the righteous in order for us to be living God’s way.
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at email@example.com.