Saturday, October 03, 2009
One Mind in Christ
1 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:1-4, New King James Version
One Mind in Christ
Just four simple verses--and yet the lack of adherence to them has caused Christ's church to be splintered into thousands of factions! This is not a new phenomenon. Just a few years after Christ's death and resurrection, the fracturing had already begun. By the third and fourth centuries several splits from the Christian church had come and gone, with new ones forming in their wake. Yet, at that time, the church was still largely unified in their teaching.
In our day, one hardly knows where to attend church to actually hear the truth of the Bible taught. Even among one denomination or association of churches there is a diversity of teaching. It is no surprise that Satan has used this tool to split the Lord's church.
So, what is the message Paul is sending to us in these four verses?
Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Paul encourages us to be of one mind in Christ, doing nothing out of selfishness or conceit. Rather, he encourages us to live in lowliness of mind, esteeming others better than ourselves. That sounds really nice, does it not? But, oh how hard it is to implement these verses in our own lives.
Just imagine the difference it would make if true believers would put aside their petty arguments and be unified in the Lord. How much more effective would they be in presenting the Gospel to their own neighborhoods?
In the end, however, it all begins with just one person. We have no control over the actions of others, but by the grace of God, and through His help alone, we can make a determination this day, to put these verses from Philippians 1 into action in our own lives.
God Bless You,