From the Pastor's Desk
Therefore if there is any [a]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 (Philippians 2:1-2 NKJV).
Writing to the Philippians, Apostle Paul reminded them, and for that matter, all Christians of the need to work together in order to achieve the vision Christ has for his church. The church of Jesus is a place for everybody; irrespective of sexes, race or ethnicity. Though we all have our individual biases, when we come together as a group, there’s the need to see the bigger picture and rally behind the vision Christ has for his church – which is winning souls into his Kingdom.
To achieve this, we have to be of one mind by constantly reminding ourselves of the following guidelines given by Paul from the above passage. 1. Our salvation. 2. God’s love, 3. The fellowship of the Spirit; and 4. Sympathy and care.
There’s the need for Christians to remember the price Christ paid by shedding his blood to purchase our salvation. The efficacy of the blood of Jesus qualifies everybody who is part of the church to have the right to belong. Once we have accepted Jesus as our Saviour; and our sins have been washed by the blood of Jesus, we are part of God’s family. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We have to know that, we are part of Christ’s church because of God’s love for us. It is the love God has for each one of us that propelled him to send his Son Jesus to this world to die for us. This means as God’s love for every member is the same; irrespective of who are, and where we come from. This also should be the basis of our love for each other to enable us live in harmony.
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit comes to indwell in us the moment we become Christians. One of his duties for dwelling in us is to help clean us from inside out. He brings the changes in our lives as a testimony for others to see that, we’re born again. He also helps us to gravitate towards one another by embracing each one as part of the family – the family of God.
CARE AND SYMPATHY
Jesus showed so much care and sympathy during his earthly ministry towards the needy; something he continues to do till now. As Christians, we’re obliged to follow the footsteps of Jesus by caring for the less fortunate among us. This, we can do by showing sympathy for people within and outside of the church.
In conclusion, let’s accomplish the vision of Christ’s church with one mind by reminding ourselves of our salvation, the love of God, the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and care for the needy among us. This definitely will bring glory to God and lift the name of Jesus high.
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