"Your attitude should be the same as that of
Christ Jesus . . . ." Philippians 2:5
In these verses the apostle
Paul urges us to turn good information into responsible
Television infomercials invite
us to embrace the prospect of having a perfect body, perfect sleep,
or perfectly clean air. And if we follow their reasoning, the
results appear obvious—or at least we're led to think
For true followers of Jesus,
the results of being "united with him" are obvious. People who have
"fellowship with the Spirit" will exercise the same attitude as
Jesus Christ. Having been birthed in his love, they love one
another. Having received his joy, they seek to complete it by
partnering in the gospel's purpose.
Two key principles are given
to help believers here. First, we must avoid "selfish ambition."
And, second, we must consider the interests of
Ultimately, Christians are
invited to see themselves as sponges. Just as we use a sponge to
soak up water in order to squeeze it out, so believers receive
God's generous joy in order to share it with
So if you have any
encouragement from being united with Christ, then allow the Holy
Spirit to squeeze your life so that Jesus' good name, his generous
love, and his joy-filled grace will flow through you deep into the
hearts of others. The Bible's message of joy is given not for
information but for transformation.
thank you for filling my life with your generous grace. By your
Spirit use me as a pipeline to bring the joy of Christ into the
lives of others. In his name, Amen.