Scripture — Philippians 2:1-11
“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” (Philippians 2:2)
When I moved to Atlanta, I searched for a community to be a part of. The one we landed in was filled with people who had interests similar to mine. We would go motorcycle riding, hiking, and helping one another — all while forming connections and deep bonds with each other. Those connections didn’t stop at outdoor activities. We were also a group that shared a love for Jesus Christ, and we would talk about our faith often. We held each other accountable to spiritual and personal matters. Even years later, after we had stopped seeing each other regularly and many of us had moved on to different areas or different seasons of life, we still remain connected because of the things we had in common.
When Paul addresses the Philippians, he encourages them to be like-minded, to have the same love, and to be one. Having similarities, especially those founded on Christ, can bring us together in a Christian community. It gives us bonds that are not easily broken and that can grow into other things. And, when differences arise, the like-minded love that we have established can keep us connected to each other.
If you are looking for a church community to be a part of, seek like-minded Christians; then begin with things that you like to do, and build from there. Find other believers who play basketball or knit or love to read. Begin with those bonds and allow the connections to spread to conversations about God, faith, and life.
Father, help us find people to connect with, and help us grow in understanding Your love for us. Let us share our love for You with all of them. Amen.