Have you ever spent time with people who know each other very well? Often, when two people have been best friends for decades, or married for a long time, it seems like they share a brain—finishing each other’s sentences, communicating non-verbally, and referencing a history of inside jokes and phrases that makes it seem like they’re speaking their own special language. This closeness and connection is something that develops over time through a commitment to share in life’s experiences TOGETHER.
What if we fostered this level of closeness within our church? Think about the impact we could have on the world around us if we all committed to love God TOGETHER, serve people TOGETHER, and actively work to see lives changed TOGETHER? Paul made the same appeal for unity to the early church, particularly in his letter to the Corinthians:
“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” 1 Corinthians 1:10
So, how do we be of one mind? What unites us in thought and purpose? Last week we talked about the many Gifts of the Spirit that are available to us as believers. These gifts benefit us personally, but when used as part of the Body of Christ, we all reap the benefits:
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” 1 Corinthians 12:4–7 (NLT)
This means that when we are all actively pursuing the Gifts of the Spirit, and allowing the Holy Spirit to grow and shape us, we’re simultaneously working toward being unified in thought and purpose with other believers—we’re becoming “of the same mind”. We may as well start finishing each other’s sentences now!
This is exciting to me, because we serve a great God, and belong to a great church. I’m honored to share a mind with each of you! And, as I grow in my walk with Christ and you grow too, we have the mutual benefit of growing together toward the same purpose, and building each other up in the process. This is what being TOGETHER is about—moving forward unto life and victory for each of us personally and for the Body of Christ as a whole.