Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Philippians 2:1-2 “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, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
Paul urges unity among the church in Philippi so that they can endure their suffering caused by those outside the church and to heal divisions caused by those inside the church. He tells them it is Christ that unites them and that He is bigger than all of the things that oppose them or divide them.
It always warms my heart to see how people come together when disaster strikes. People put aside their differences and unite to overcome whatever it may be. However, it is unfortunate that it often takes a disaster for people to look past their differences and unite under a common goal.
As Christians we need to understand that we are surrounded by disaster. There are people all around us that do not know Jesus. They live every day without His peace and without His love. They will spend eternity separated from Him. We must wake up to this truth. We must come together with the love of God, put aside our differences, and work together to reach a lost and dying community and world.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for saving me. Thank you for calling me to be a part of building your kingdom. I pray that you would fill me with your tenderness and compassion for the people around me. Help Oakwood to be one in spirit and of one mind in intentionally engaging our community and the world around us with the love of Christ.
Ministry Prayer: Pray for Kids Club. Pray for all the employees and volunteers that serve there. Pray for Jamie Ezell as she leads at Kids Club. Pray for the kids who attend and their families.