Philippians 3:16

The scripture for today is Philippians 3:16


Philippians 3:16 Nevertheless, to what we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.


“Paul is saying in effect: Discover what has contributed to Christian development in the past and follow the same plan in the future. The method of Christian attainment does not change. Unfortunately, there are many who, with rapid strides, begin the Christian way, then grow weary, and do not continue with the same grace that started them on their way. They become dependent on past experience instead of enjoying new victories and making fresh progress. Satisfaction with past attainments leads to carelessness. Yesterday’s conquests will not suffice for today. The Christian must continually advance.” The SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p.171


Advancement in Christ is collective. The body advances as each member embraces the other. “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12:5  “For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12  “Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1 Corinthians 12:27  


We advance as we, with different functions, “mind the same thing.” That 'thing' is advancing the kingdom of God in a world that has largely rejected Him. It is shining the light of the truth of Christ Jesus in a world filled with darkness. It is daring to stand on the truth of the word of God even when it is not popular or even when it is life-threatening to do so.


Unity in the Body of Christ can only be based on His Truth. Unity that is not based on truth is not unity but compromise. God does not call us to compromise, but He does call His church to unity. We have been given a body of inspired work through the Holy Scriptures and the testimony of Jesus which is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). The Truth which we know, and has led us in the past, will continue to direct us toward increased knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Do what you know and you will know what to do.


God bless you as you continue in His service.