Phil 2: 1-5 If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart…do nothing out of selfishness or vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others. Have in you the same attitude that is also Christ Jesus.
Paul tells us to do nothing out of selfishness but to look out for the needs of others. We do that by feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, and other works of mercy. We unite together in one heart as we all participate in these works of mercy by giving and doing. Giving to ministries makes one a participant in that ministry. Doing them together – when we are of the same mind – brings us closer to God and to each other.
Paul also tells us to have the same attitude as Christ. Christ was obedient, even unto death on the cross. In the Gospel (Mt 21: 28-32) the father asked his sons to go work in the vineyard. One said no, but went to work; the other said yes but didn’t. Which one did the father’s will? Which one was obedient?
It is the doing that’s important; in being obedient to God’s will. How often is it that we know what we should do, but don’t do it? We know we are to give:
- From all the gifts you receive, you shall make every contribution due to the Lord – and from the best parts. (Nos. 18: 29)
- Each year you shall tithe all the produce that grows in the field you have sown. (Dt. 14: 22)
- The choicest first fruits you shall bring to the house of the Lord. (Ex. 34: 26)
- Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your produce. (Prov. 3: 9)
Doing God’s will is what matters.
Being obedient to God’s word leads to freedom, and brings us a peace beyond understanding.