Requisites for Real Change over Quick Solutions

To get beyond simply applying quick solutions or covering over problems in the church, we need to follow the requisites of Philippians 2:1-7.

Otherwise we will be driven by selfish interests, our own comfort levels, and personal convenience which often results into taking the easiest, least resistant, or quickest path.

1)  Seek Unity out of Diversity

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.  (Phil. 2:1-2)

Find your unity in Christ and fellowship in the Spirit, not in your opinions or personal preferences.  When you do, you will exhibit tenderness, compassion, joy, and love toward one another.  You will be able to work through your differences rather than cover over them or simply compromise to keep peace.

This means truly accepting and respecting one another regardless of their position on issues and coming together in Christ, not merely compromising.

2)  Be Driven by Selfless Motivations

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Phil. 2:3-4)

When you truly look out for the good of others, you realize that it is not about what is the most convenient or comfortable for you.  You realize that taking the path of least resistance is not always what is best for everyone involved.

This means truly trying to help the other person reach their potential in Christ from the inside out, not merely tolerating them or being satisfied with mere outward conformity.

3)  Maintain Christ-like Attitudes

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Phil. 2:5-7)

When you approach people with a Christ-like attitude, you will find yourself willingly giving of your time to serve in ways that truly make a difference.  You will seek the best for others which often means more time and effort for you.

This means truly investing your life into people and the ministry God has given you, not doing just enough to get by.

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