Being United With Christ
"Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind." - Philippians 2:2
In our reading for today, Paul urges all who believe in Christ to live together in unity, showing a like-mindedness that points to Jesus and the love he has for everyone. Christ came so that all people could have life "to the full" (John 10:10), as God has always intended.
Paul lists some of the benefits that we, like the Philippians, have received from God as his children in Christ: encouragement, comfort, tenderness, compassion, humility, and value. Being united with Christ is to live as Jesus did.
Jesus showed love and compassion to everyone. He loved people with God's unconditional love. He served people selflessly, humbling himself and lifting others up. No one was unimportant or too small or low-down to receive his attention.
We are called to live as servants of Jesus, free of selfish ambition and vain conceit. We are called to value others above ourselves, and when we serve others in their need, we are serving Christ himself (see Matthew 25:31-40).
In union with Jesus, you and I have a responsibility to live in such as way that all who come into contact with us will sense that Jesus is leading us. His love and character should flow from of us.
Indeed, we have an awesome responsibility!
Thank you, Father, for filling us with life through Jesus, our Savior and King. Fill us to overflowing with your Spirit so that we can live like him, honoring you above all. Amen.