Hello and Happy New Year to all of you. It has been quite some time since I have written anything regarding scripture. But I want to thank all of have been reading my material. One good thing about connecting with other people is that you have an opportunity to expand your horizons and understanding of things you have never seen before. You also will have any opportunity to make new friends as well and even start a church community. When you build roots in a community, that community is there for you. We must continue Connecting and Uniting through Christ.
In the 1st chapter of the Book of Philippians, Paul is currently in prison and writing a series of letters. One of those letters he is writing to the Philippians letting them know to carry on the work that he started there. Paul is full of joy, not just because he was able to spread the gospel to them, but because they were willing to be used by God. Paul’s imprisonment only further affirmed that he was doing God’s work.
If there was another great thing that Paul accomplished in Philippi, it was that he helped unify a community and had asked them to continue to stand firm on the word of God. In his absence, Paul lets the people of Philippi know in Philippians 1:27 the following…
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.”
One of the greatest examples of the power of the Holy Spirit is the ability to unify. The church should be a place where all of mankind is able to come together and worship. It would be nice if we could be just like the Philippians too. And while I don’t know just how diverse the people were, I do know that in today’s world, our church should include more people from all over. We must be willing to have the battle “internally” in order to become a united front to fight the battle that lay “externally”.
It would be a nice thing is all churches were like the church of Philippi. But as the phrase goes, “united we stand, divided we fall”. How the word go to the point where is has been taken out of context many times and used for man’s own gain is beyond me. I see now the importance of Paul writing to the churches in the book of Ecclesiastes where he wanted them to stay true to the word. It is truly up to us, the believers, to not only unite the world, but to unite one another.