MONDAY, JANUARY 6
”Be of the same mind toward one another…”
Romans 12:16 (NASB)
BE OF THE SAME MIND
There was a funny story about competing. It seems there was a barber in a small local town who had been the only barber in town for years. Everyone went to this barber to get their hair cut. Then, one day a big hair salon franchise came to town and opened up shop. They advertised, “All Haircuts for $3.00.” Slowly, the barber’s business began to dwindle. He just couldn’t compete. In a last ditch effort to save his business, he hired a business consultant. The consultant spent a day pouring over the barber’s books asking many questions. At the end of the day the barber asked the consultant, “So what do you think? Should I close up shop?” The consultant said, “Not yet. I’ll be back tomorrow.” The next day the consultant showed up with a
huge banner that he hung in front of the barber shop that said, “We Fix $3.00 Haircuts!” The competition doesn’t always win, do they?
As followers of Christ we are not in competition with each other. Instead, we are called to have the same mind toward one another. Church is not a competition. We are on the same spiritual team and in the same spiritual family. This is ultimately achieved when unite under the lordship of Christ and begin to think and act how Jesus acts. This week we will review some of the lessons we learned Sunday about having the mind of Christ.
In the meantime, in Romans 12:9-21 the Apostle Paul gives instructions on how we can better get along with one another. Take some time to dig a little deeper today and read that passage. Highlight the verbs in the passage that offer practical ways we get along with “one another.”