Read: PHILIPPIANS 1:27-30
“Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ…striving side by side with one mind” (v. 27).
Unity requires true humility. This has not been an easy lesson for me as I am new to pastoral leadership. My pride says, “I could do that much better!” My critical spirit remarks, “That was poor management!” My arrogance shouts, “This shouldn’t take so long!” And what fruit do those responses bear? Division, disunity. It poisons my own spirit as well as those around me. The life “worthy of the gospel” is one that promotes unity in the church, that seeks the interests of others over one’s own. It humbly strives side by side. Yet we know this is difficult—Paul uses the word “strive.” We recognize that we must wrestle, labor, and endeavor to have the unified “mind of Christ.”
Father, we confess we have not lived in a manner worthy of the gospel; we have sought our own interests above others. We humbly ask that you give us the mind of Christ, that we may strive together with one mind. AMEN.