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Unity Through Humility in Community

Weekly Devotionals

Unity Through Humility in Community

Philippians 2:1-11

Therefore 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, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Summer is a season for short-term missions at Jubilee and when going on missions, team unity is very important. So we pray and work hard for unity because oftentimes one of the biggest challenges on missions isn’t the weather, lack of sleep, or bad food, but ‘people.’ And a lot of our relationship problems are caused by selfishness and pride. Disunity and division due to selfishness and pride, hinder the Holy Spirit from working in and through us, it prevents us from witnessing to the gospel, and there’s no fruit of joy in doing God’s work. Satan knows this very well and he tries to break us up.

So how can we be united in one, so that we may live out the gospel?

We can do this by putting others before ourselves in humility. Humbling ourselves doesn’t mean exalting others while putting ourselves down, but it’s about focusing less on ourselves and more on God and others. We first focus on God to see the depth of our sinfulness as well as the greatness of His amazing love and grace. This enables us to turn our eyes toward others and consider their needs and concerns above ours, just like family would. We need to start seeing one another as family in the kingdom of God because true family will look out for one another, will carry each other’s burdens, and will rejoice and grieve for one another. Only then, will we be acting in humility and love, and not out of selfishness and pride.

We are called to this life because Christ himself has humbled himself to the point of death on the cross. He demonstrated the life ofselfless, sacrificial love and humility for us to follow. He commands us to take up our cross daily and put to death our flesh, our pride, our ego, our selfishness, our old self, and follow Him. And this is extremely hard! Can we do this on our own? No. It’s impossible. But we can do it in the strength and power of the Holy Spirit in us. Christ has made a way for us: He is our source, our motivation, our strength and our power in doing all these things for His glory!

And thank God that He’s a compassionate God who knows and understands our weaknesses and struggles! He’ll extend His grace to strengthen us to get up when we fall, to keep going in endurance, to keep dying, to keep sacrificing, to keep loving, to keep forgiving and to keep caring. As we do this, we’ll start to look more and more like Lord Jesus Christ! As we become united in one Spirit, mind and love, we’ll be able to live the life worthy of the calling we’ve received and become powerful witnesses of the gospel that will touch and transform many lives, and joy will be ours!