God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart… this blog is about what I see, what I think, what I do and how I serve God
From the Desk of Pastor Asher
12 March 2015Posted by on
Longing for renewal… Hopes for the future… All of us have such longings and hopes because we are created in the image of passionate God and such aspirations are integral parts of what it means to be a human and a child of God.
Our challenge as sisters and brothers in Christ is to help each other on our individual journeys to a closer relationship with God. Paul implied that when he wrote, “Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5, KJV). The way I understand this line from the Letter to the Philippians is, “God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart.” Having the “mind of Christ” in each of our hearts leads to common vision and mission in our church community. So what does it mean to be united?
Being united in something means that a group of people (or a community) made a decision to come together with other persons to form something greater than the sum of individual participants. To give a most obvious example, being “In Christ” (2 Cor 5:17, Rom 12:5, Col 2:7) gives all of us a sense of being part of something larger than ourselves. It gives us a sense of being connected with our neighbors and with God’s Creation in which we live.
Unity is often built around a common goal or a vision: a harmony of values that creates a shared identity. A community united by shared values and goals will move mountains because it will focus its efforts towards a common goal.
Unity is about understanding and moving beyond our prejudices and the things that divide us. Unity is about seeing our commonality while celebrating our differences.
Unity is the first step to developing a vision of what our church community can become and how we can serve God by serving our neighbors in Kent County, MD. Being on a look out and aware of possibilities will eventually lead us to doing things we once only dreamed of and prayed about like feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, welcoming the stranger in our midst, visiting the sick.
My hope and prayer for our church community is that we will be faithful in making efforts to cultivate the spirit of unity and, as a result, will become a catalyst of reconciliation and an example of service in our immediate area.
“Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5, KJV)