Same Mind and Love as Christ, Philippians 2:1-2
1Therefore, 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, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
The dynamic of our relationship with God moves between grace and acts. We aren’t compelled to act for our salvation, we receive it whether we act or not (we must though, choose to accept it!) But the measure of how much our heart has been moved is demonstrated on how we respond.
First, we receive from God: the Father’s Love and through Christ, His Grace. It comes to us with no strings attached. Before we were even born, our Lord knew us. The father moves through our lives, often without us knowing. How then shall we respond?
In this passage from his letter to the Philippians, Paul is preaching to the believers to act humbly and faithfully, just as Christ would.
The bar here is set low, any encouragement, any comfort, any sharing of the Spirit. If we see any of those signs from God’s presence, then we have that power to share them with others. Just as Christ spoke about how the faith of a mustard seed was enough to move a mountain, we don’t need much to start acting. As members of the faithful, we’ve already recognized God moving in our lives. Now just remember one of those times, care for it in your heart and share it with another.
In the world, how would our relationships with others change if we took any bit of encouragement from them and responded in kindness and they did the same with us? This divine chase of grace upon grace, where would it lead? God knows.
Be encouraged to act. Don’t obsess over your weaknesses, take the strength that comes from God’s love or compassion or tenderness and share that with others.
Father, give me the insight to see you moving in my life and grant the Spirit to embolden me to share your blessing with others. Amen.