Wednesday, February 16, 2005

A Thought about Likemindedness

I apologize in advance for those of you who will hear my sermon on Sunday because I will say this then. But I was just struck in my study of Philippians 2 with a thought about likemindedness. So often, we struggle with this idea that we are to be likeminded (Philippians 2:2). But how can people of such vast experience, age, perspective, and opinion agree on things? How can we agree with each other? Here's the thought - we all don't have to agree with each other to be likeminded. We all have to agree with Jesus to be likeminded! That's what Philippians 2:5 says - "Let this mind, attitude, thought be in you, which was also in Jesus." When we all agree with Jesus, then we will be likeminded. Hmmm....

1 comment:

A said...

A good illustration is that of a sports team. True teams leave all the "off the field" distractions off the field. Successful teams step onto the playing surface with one goal, one target, ONE MIND. No matter what their backgrounds, who got drafted when, or what happens after the game, they all have one purpose, to win the contest, and ultimately, to win the championship. We, as Christians, need to gain the same perspective. Yes, we all have different backgrounds, perspectives, giftedness, baggage, the list could go on. But when it comes to following Jesus, we all have the same goal, the same purpose, the same mind. We need to put everything else aside and in unity of mind and spirit strive together toward the goal of Christlikeness. Whether it is personaly maturity, how we "do" church, or how we reach the world, we have to put aside our petty, selfish opinions and step onto the field with the rest of the team with one thing in mind.