Unity in the Body

 

Philippians 2:1-4 states, "Therefore 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."

 

This is a beautiful reminder of the importance of unity among Christians.  If we truly have a relationship with Christ, then we should strive for unity.  In order to be unified, an unselfish attitude is key according to Paul.  He goes on to explain that this was the attitude of Jesus.  In our efforts to become more like Jesus, we must be mindful to focus on the interests of others whether it's a parent, the children in your classes, the teacher you are serving with, or a servant down the hall.

 

Even Jesus, when praying for you and me in John 17:20-23 states, "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.  And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one; I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me."

 

If we can become one, then Jesus states that the world (including all the children and parents that walk through the doors of Calvary Chapel) will believe that God loves them so much that He sent Jesus so they could obtain salvation. 

 

This is the ultimate goal...spreading the GOOD NEWS!!!!