Day 5

Adopting Christ’s Mission

“If there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:1-4)

Right before the Apostle Paul shares about the condescension of Christ into human flesh to die the horrible death He died on the cross, in Philippians 2:6-8 he says these words in verse 5: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”  The mindset he is pointing to is found in verses 1-4 (above).

His burden was for unity in the body of Christ.  How many times have disunity and disharmony disrupted our relationships when we sought our own desires and demanded our rights.  We put our interests before the interests of others and allowed personal ambition and self-advancement and preservation to pollute our friendships in church and elsewhere.

Someone said, “Church would be great if it wasn’t for all the people.” But the church is the people and God’s people are broken.  People require our patience and our intentional awareness of our own self-centered inclinations.  Isn’t it interesting that we easily excuse our mistakes but weave the worst intentions into the actions of others?

Philippians 2:1-4 ought to be read, meditated on, and memorized as the way we act in our homes, on our jobs, and within the body of Christ.  Remember, church is not about the celebration of my preferences, but to be a place where our community can encounter God with authenticity.  The church is not about me.  The church is about Christ using me to reach others who are broken just like I am.

Application of God’s Truth

Ask God to ferret out any attitude that is sapping your joy and causing you to hold an offense toward anyone and read and pray Philippians 2:1-4 over it.