Philippians | Day Five
By: Taylor Flatt
If you’ve ever been a part of a team, you understand the importance of getting along with your teammates. It’s nearly impossible to fulfill your purpose as a team when you aren’t at peace with one another. Without being united around a single goal, the team is ineffective.
Paul encourages believers over and over again in his New Testament letters (and especially this letter to the Philippians) to live in peace with one another. Paul knows that living in peace with other believers is crucial for fulfilling our purpose as Christians. We have one goal both individually--like we talked about earlier--and collectively as the body of Christ. Our purpose as believers is to know Him and our goal as the Church is to make Him known.
But there’s something that gets in the way of our goal and it happens when we don’t live in peace with each other.
See what Paul has to say in Philippians 2:1-4.
Philippians isn’t the only place in the Bible where we are challenged to live in peace with other believers. In fact, Paul writes to another church in the book of Ephesians with a similar charge.
Read Ephesians 4:1-6.
One Spirit. One love. One mind. One Goal.
This is living with peace.
We can’t truly live without peace. Without peace, we live in anger, frustration, selfishness, and loneliness. But most importantly when we live without peace, we are incapable of fulfilling the one purpose for which we were created. Just like a team is ineffective when they aren’t unified, we are ineffective for the cause of Christ when we are not unified as the body of Christ.
So what keeps the peace? How do we truly live in peace? We have already decided that truly living means living with one purpose — Jesus Christ. And when we can all live with one purpose, the same purpose, it makes living in unity, living with peace, a whole lot easier. But how? How do we do it?
Read Philippians 2:3-4.
Well that’s pretty straightforward, isn’t it? Put others before yourself. Don’t live selfishly. Be humble. It’s simple and yet it makes a huge impact on our everyday lives.
When we live this way we live with peace and when we live in peace, we are truly living.
God created us to live this way. He created us to encourage each other and sharpen each other. By doing this we are pushing each other on toward our common goal, our singular purpose, to be lights for Christ and to make Him known.
Read Philippians 2:14-18.
This is what it’s all about: living as lights for the cause of Christ in the midst of our broken generation. When we choose peace and unity over pride and division then we are choosing light and life.
But that doesn’t make choosing peace and unity easy. It takes humility.
Why would choosing peace and unity require humility? Read Philippians 2:5-11.
Jesus overcame division through humility.
Pride is what causes division. Humility is what brings peace.
And the ultimate example of humility is found in Jesus Christ. Read this section of Philippians over and over again — let the extent of Christ’s humility become clear to you.
How can you begin to choose humility the way that Jesus chose humility? How will it change your words, your relationships, and your life?
Spend some time today praying and asking the Lord to show you where you aren’t living with peace in your life. Think about these questions.
Are you truly living in peace and unity with the other believers in your life? How so, if yes? How not, if no?
Is there anyone in your life that God has brought to your mind when talking about peace? Is God calling you to reach out to that person?