Together In Community

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Today’s society can feel chaotic and disheartening.  We don’t have to look far to see hate and violence, even among Christians.  The very ones who should profess the love of Jesus sometimes show the exact opposite.  But there is an answer in Philippians 2:

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from (his) love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Phil 2:1-7 ESV)

I love the words in verse 5 “Have this mind among yourselves.”

What mind?  The same mind as Christ.  Being one community together in thought, love, and deed.  Being united together as a body of believers in Christ Jesus showing to all the love of Jesus.

But Paul goes on further to say that we should always seek to put others ahead of ourselves.  This idea was completely counter to the Roman culture that treated any non-Roman citizen as less than human, including the sick, blind, lame and weak.  Do nothing from selfish ambition, humbly view others as more important than yourself, look to the interests of others even as you look to your own, love each other and take care of each other.

Jesus being in the form of God still did not count himself as equal to God.  Instead, he became human by taking on the form of a servant becoming obedient in death, even death on the cross.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11 ESV)

The very Son of God humbles himself and becomes human, showing us the ultimate example of what loving others really looks like. We are to have this mind among ourselves, just as Christ Jesus did.

Daily verse to carry with you or memorize:

3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others. (Phil 2:3-4)


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