It’s important for followers of Jesus to all be pointed in the same direction, working together to share the gospel and serve God by serving others. The more we work together, the more we can accomplish. God is watching and He doesn’t want to see us disjointed, but united in this common goal.
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27 (NIV)
Individual believers should be working together with other believers. Small groups of believers should be working together with other small groups. Churches should be working together with other churches. Christian denominations should be working together with other Christian denominations. The best way to spread the gospel is by serving others with the love the Holy Spirit provides. Working together we can overwhelm the world with God’s love.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)
All believers, individually and corporately, need to look around and see where God is clearly working and then join that effort. We don’t have to all come up with our own path forward, we all need to seek out God’s path forward and join together to accomplish His goals.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)
Dedicated followers of Jesus Christ know all too well the seriousness of God’s warning to unbelievers. When there is a raging fire, one man will not be enough to extinguish the flames. Many working together are what’s needed to overcome a raging inferno. Believers are fully aware of the enemy’s activities and know without a doubt that it will take an army to overcome his efforts.
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12 (NIV)
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, through the watchful eye of God the Father, and through the awesome sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we have been tasked with fulfilling God’s desire for us to spread the gospel by serving others with love. Let’s reaffirm our commitment to work together toward this goal.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
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