Philippians 1:27, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel.”
For the past five seasons the Golden State Warriors have made it to the NBA finals. At the end of three seasons, they walked away as champions. Having watched the Warriors these past five seasons there is one major thing that stood out to me: they play as a team. During these past five years there have been teams that have equaled the Warriors talent, but more often than not the Warriors’ teamwork and unity are the extra ingredients that carried them to victory.
In the book of Philippians Paul urges the Christians in Philippi toward a mindset of unity. Chapter 1, verse 27 can be seen as a theme verse for the whole book. Paul wants the believers to be of “one spirit” and “one mind.” He also urges them to strive for the faith of the Gospel together. Great things can happen for cause of Christ when the church is unified.
Often in the Christian life there are times when division creeps in. There are moments when Christians need to stand firm on issues of faith and practice. We as Christians should not compromise what the Bible clearly states. But, unfortunately, many of the divisions in our local churches are a result of matters of preference or personality differences. These smaller divisions should be worked through as quickly as possible so that the mission of the church and the work of the Gospel will not be hindered.
May we strive for unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those in our own local church. There’s no limit to how God can use a local church that is standing fast in “one spirit, one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel” … much greater than even an NBA championship.
Tony Myers is a fiction author and speaker. He and his wife, Charity, live in Waterloo, IA with their four children. He has studied Theology, Philosophy, and Biblical languages at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Emmaus Bible College. For more information visit his website at www.tonymyers.net or follow him on Twitter: @tony1myers