February 28th, 2016
Kristen and her husband have a 15-month-old son. Her family thinks he looks like her, and her husband’s family thinks he looks like her husband. Kristen thinks he is a balanced mix of them both. Even if he did not look like them, though, she would know he is their child because he acts like them. At least at this point in his life, his temperament, personality, even his likes and dislikes are all reflective of his parents. They are like-minded.
In the same way, Paul tells us in Philippians 2 that people should know we belong to Christ because we have His mind-set. Not only should we look like Christ, we should look like each other. Paul does not mean that we should ignore our differences and unique qualities; rather, he means we should embrace our commonality as followers of Jesus. Though we will live out our faith differently, express our love differently, and display our joy uniquely, there should be no question that we are Christians because we are allowing God to work through us.
Do both non-Christians and your brothers and sisters in Christ know you belong to Him?
Author: Kristen Allen