Lent Devotions: Day 3
Read: Philippians 2:1-11
Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose (v. 2 NIV)
Sometimes I think my kids disagree just to cause me anxiety. I need to stop asking them open-ended questions like, “What would you like to do tonight?” because they will inevitably express opposing views and I’ll be left holding the can of worms I opened. Any parent can relate to such tensionfilled moments and to the corresponding longing for a likeminded family.
Like any family, churches can be ripe environments for disagreement. But also like any other family, there must be a spirit of like-mindedness for the church to function smoothly. Paul says it would make his joy complete for the Philippians to be like-minded. Jesus, as he faces his final hours on earth, prays for his followers, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one” (John 17:20-21 NIV).
The Church is a large family with a diversity of gifts and plenty of big personalities. As we journey through Lent, remember that Jesus faced the cross with us on his mind, not only as individuals, but as a united body of believers; the Body of Christ. Can we make his joy complete this season by creating unity in his Body? –Amy Blackledge
Prayer: Help me to bring you joy as I use my gifts while accepting the gifts you have given others.