Being One In Spirit And Purpose
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with 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 purpose.” Philippians 2: 1-2
Just how do these verses apply to you? I, myself, find much encouragement from being united with Jesus, knowing that I am never alone in any situation. There is also much comfort to be found in His love. Here once again we see that fellowship, deep relationship, with the Spirit is very important. Fellowship is much, much, more than just reading about Him in the bible. It is experiencing Him in a abundance of ways in our everyday lives. If we are truly in fellowship with the Spirit; He then grants us all the tenderness and compassion that we need to face every situation in our lives. The Lord grants us all these attributes when we walk in deep relationship with Him. These are all blessings that come directly from His hand as we surrender to His will each moment of our lives.
The next part of this passage is usually more difficult to live up to. Paul, as inspired by the Spirit, asks all of us to be like minded, have the same love, and to be one in Spirit and purpose. If being like minded was easy there would not be such a plethora of denominations out there vying for our membership. Having the same love implies that any favoritism in the Body of Christ is wrong. Finally we need to be one in Spirit and purpose. To me this says that we should be very careful about who we partner with in even the church.
In true fellowship there is mutual agreement in both Spirit and purpose. There are some people and groups out there that by conviction of the Holy Spirit we should not partner with under most circumstances. I cannot agree with any group that supports a Clergy/Laity division and that is most every group. I can only come alongside those who really welcome and practice the priesthood of every believer. Be careful! Many groups and denominations give lip service to the Spiritual equality of all who believe, but in practice they fully support hierarchies of position, money, sex and power. Again, be careful who you choose to partner with in the church. I also cannot partner with any group that makes tithes and offerings in support of Clergy and buildings a priority. Lastly and most importantly I find it difficult to partner with any church group or person that values doctrine over and above relationship. If His love leads you into partnership with someone holding different beliefs than you do; it is always best to follow His love. Of course always remembering that light has no fellowship with darkness. If we can agree on who Jesus is, I can walk alongside you for as many seasons as He deems worthy. There are times we are led to overlook many personal differences for the sake of Jesus and others. For example, I have many friends that are Clergy. I overlook their vocation and they overlook my insanity. One on one this works great, but if they required that I attend one of their services I would never last more than a few minutes before I would need to either speak up or leave. Believe me…I have done both, but that is a story for another day.
This is not my best blog. It is all over the place, but then again that is exactly where I am emotionally today. I am only writing and sending it because He told me to. I hope someone gets something out of it. I am once again reminded that it is NOT about me, but rather always about HIM.
Love and ……
Kirk Out !