Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Unity Through Humility



"Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention." (Phil.2:2 AMP)

The Apostle Paul had a deep commitment to spiritual unity.  He told the Philipian Christians that they would fulfill his joy if they would be “like-minded”, of “one accord,” and of “one mind”.  This is consistent with the fervent prayer of our Lord Jesus as He prayed for spiritual unity (John17:20-23).  It is also consistent with the experience of the early church (Acts 2:42-47) and with the teaching of the apostles (Eph. 4:3-6; 1Pet.3:8) (Kingdom Dynamics-New Spirit Filled Life Bible NKJV pg. 1661)

What greater fulfillment do we give our Father in Heaven when we like Paul come to a deep commitment to spiritual unity.   Jesus prayed for us to come into this unity because there is power in it.  He is OUR greatest testimony of what obedience, humility and unity can accomplish.

We as women of God have been purposed to accomplish a task for the Kingdom both individually and corporately.  But our effectiveness is dependent upon our unity.  It requires us to humble ourselves - not thinking ourselves to be better than our sister or thinking that our task is greater than theirs. (Phil. 2:3)

We must take interest not only in our own assignments but the assignments of our fellow sisters. (Phil. 2:4)   It’s putting on the mind of Christ (Phil.2:5) and becoming a servant; not consuming ourselves in making for ourselves a reputation (Phil 2:7) for the word of God says our gifts will make room for us(Prov. 18:16)   BUT coming to a place of humility and becoming obedient even unto the point of death.(Phil.2:8)  Yes death! Death of our flesh; our ambitions; our desires; our will; our “self”….making ourselves into nothing so that God can make us into something - fulfilling His will; His desire; His Plan; His joy….

Therefore if you are being pressed on every side be careful that you are not rebuking the devil thinking it is him causing the pressure.  Instead ask the Lord to see the source behind it.  It just may be Father because He has need to empty you out of “self” and bring you to a place of humility and obedience in order to walk in spiritual unity with one another and HIM. 

Just as Father had a work for Jesus that caused him to come to a place of humility and obedience  - He has a work for you; for me – for US!

UNITY OF PURPOSE AND DISPOSITION AMONG GOD’S PEOPLE ARE CRUCIAL IF THE GOSPEL IS TO BE MOST EFFECTIVE.