So, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:1-4
If you could spend a day with your favorite famous person, who would it be? What would you talk about? What questions do you want to ask them? We have the amazing opportunity every day to spend time with the King of all Kings, the creator of the universe, which is an even greater privilege. You don’t even have to wait your turn! God is available immediately. Talking with him is as close as a prayer. He’s always by your side.
But you can’t be united with Christ and not be changed.Spending time with Jesus not only transforms you, it can transform your relationships. Jesus is relationship., He’s part of the triune Godhead with the Father and the Holy Spirit. You can’t know Jesus and not know the Trinity, and not relate to them. You can’t know Jesus’ love without knowing the love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The love and relationship between them are life-giving. They lift up one another, they have the same love and the same mind. They want it for you.
Study your relationships with others. Would you say the most life-giving ones are from those who spend time with Jesus? Jesus’ character is reflected in those who spend time with him. Their walk, their ways, and their words make it evident. They are humble, comforting, compassionate, and think of others. Would others say their relationship with you is life-giving? When we experience relational human tension, we can come back to being united in Christ, to the Trinity. Paul says this will bring encouragement and joy when we relate like the Godhead relates, with the same mind, the same love, being in full accord. Celebrate those transformed relationships that are life giving to you by writing a note or giving them a gift card from Solid Grounds!
By Donna Burns