"Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. " 1 Peter 3:8
In our house there are five different ways of doing things. If we want to listen to music there are five different music preferences. If we want to go out for a day trip there are five different destination choices. If we want to go to a restaurant there are five different food choices. It feels like we can’t agree on anything!
Come to the church and we multiply those different preferences by a couple of hundred (and that’s in a small church). How on earth does God expect us to be like-minded?
Here’s what I think. I think God expects us to be like-minded on the big things and let the little float away. . . . .
Jesus lived died and rose again and he wants to you to believe in him and follow him. “For God so loved the world that whoever believed in him would have eternal life and would not perish.” 1 John 3:16
God wants us to love God and love people (Matthew 22:37-40). These are the two most important commands. Everything after that is just details. . . . .
So let’s be rigid in what’s important but flexible in the things that are not important. Like service styles and times. Like the way we do ministry. Like what coffee we serve at morning tea.
Hold fast to the important things. Like Jesus. . . .
Remember we’re all a work in progress and we all have different ways of doing things.
Be kind to yourself and others. Have compassion. Ask people the question “Are you ok?”
God wants us to love each other so well in the church that the church may be known for its love. Let’s be that fragrant offering. Nothing smells as sweet as people who genuinely love each other.