Philippians 2:2 “then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind [purpose].
Paul says ‘make my joy complete.’ How? By having the same Mind, same Love, same Spirit and same Purpose.
Just imagine having a marriage like that? You and your spouse have the same mind, love, spirit, and purpose – imagine how much peace and happiness you would walk in every day! Imagine having friendships like that. Imagine having a church like that where everyone in the church had the same mind, same love, same spirit and same purpose. That would be an amazing church!
Having the same mind, love, spirit, and purpose will not only bring more joy into your life, it’s what it means to be a Christian. Becoming a Christian is not receiving a few benefits like eternal life, God wants you to become just like His Son, Jesus.
Paul says in Philippians 2:5 In your relationships with one another have the same mindset (i.e. same Mind, same Love, same Spirit and same Purpose) as Christ Jesus.
That means we must stop living for ourselves and what we always want, and start living for Jesus by allowing His nature to rule our lives. Paul explains how we do this.
In Philippians 2:8 it says,“Jesus humbled himself…".
The starting point for every person who wants to be happy but also claims to be a follower of Jesus is ‘humility.’
Without humility, you cannot always carry happiness, nor become like Jesus. You can try, by saying and doing things, that to others might resemble humility, but unless you are humbling yourself in your heart and submitting yourself to Christ’s Word – it’s not real humility, it’s what the Bible calls ‘fake humility’ (Colossians 2:23).
Humility is submitting yourself to all those habits of Jesus, that many people struggle with like:
- Forgiveness – That includes forgiving not just your spouse or family members, but even enemies.
- Generosity – Do you give? Do you give joyfully? Do you give consistently? This is generosity, and it is the quality of Christ the Bible talks about the most!
- Servanthood – this is valuing others and looking out for the interests of others.
The reason these qualities of Jesus are so difficult for us is that they are radically different from what you see in the world. These habits are not natural and will often go against your natural feelings.
And that is why receiving Jesus is not the end, but the beginning – it is the beginning of humbling yourself to the teaching of Jesus’ Word every day, and teaching every Sunday, so your selfish nature decreases and the nature of Christ increases.
The evidence that you are growing in the nature of Jesus is not only more joy; you will also start becoming like-minded with other fellow believers – having the same love, the same spirit and living for the same purpose!