This is my group from GAP, a local youth missions project. We’re all from different places, different churches, different families. But it’s so amazing that when we put ourselves aside and commit to living like Jesus for 3 days, none of our differences matter. Sure, we spent some time getting to know everyone, little details about family, school, interests. But as the days move on, we started to gel. There were new identities that took shape; new jokes, new conversations. The experience wasn’t of different people looking at the same thing, but of different people who became one people and not merely looking at the same thing but living the same thing.
We didn’t get along every second, nor was our work perfect. But rallying around Jesus covered a multitude of mistakes and provided a victory over something we couldn’t have done without each other. It was awesome…because of Jesus.
2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. —Philippians 2
This is how it is to be as the Church—the same mind, the mind of Christ. We are a community that is concerned with the things that concern Jesus. Yes, we are sinful at times and this can convolute both our identity and our purpose. But we must take comfort in the fact that the Church is the Body of Christ and Christ will care for His body (even when we fail to do so). This implies that the “Church” is more than just the people who make it up. This ought to encourage us, because when we see the world drift away from the word of God and the things so diligently taught to us by Christ’s Body, we can rely on the Holy Spirit to call us back to obedience and fidelity.
Hold on to the Holy Spirit—the presence of God. For He is the heart, the soul, and the mind of the body. Though the members may fail, know that the essence of the Body can and will remain unchanged. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.