THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
UNITY OF HEART AND MIND
Today’s reading: Philippians 2:1-11
One of the elements of our 2015 theme is unity of heart and
mind (Acts 4:32a). Paul considered such unity of critical
importance. So he told the Philippians: “complete my
joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united
in heart, thinking one thing.” (v.2). The people of
God are to have unity of mind and heart. After all, it is
the same love that binds them the love of God for them
all, and their love for God and neighbor. They are to think
one thing how to please God, how to accomplish God’s
purposes for their lives, how to truly become a people of
can such unity happen?
“do nothing out of selfishness or vainglory” (v.3a).
One must not think of oneself, what will satisfy self. One
must not be self-referential. We are mere slaves of God. We
serve God and not ourselves. We must be selfless.
“humbly regard others as more important than yourselves”
(v.3b). One must never stand on position or power or privilege,
but be impressed only by one’s own sinfulness and shortcomings.
Consider the well-being of others rather than one’s
each should be “looking out not for his own interests,
but everyone for those of others.” (v.3b). One must
never look to one’s own interests or preferences or
priorities, but always consider the interests of othersfirst,
God’s interests and priorities; second, the community’s
interests and priorities.
can this happen? We are to look to Jesus and imitate him.
“Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also
yours in Christ Jesus” (v.5). What was Jesus’
he, “though he was in the form of God, did not regard
equality with God something to be grasped.” (v.6). Jesus
did not stand on power or privilege. He shed these! We are
servants, and leaders are servant leaders. Though we stand
in God’s place and do God’s work, we do not claim
“he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, ....
he humbled himself” (v.7a,8a). We have no rights. We
belong totally to God. We are His to do with as He pleases.
We recognize our nothingness apart from God, and we must always
be humble in the presence of our Almighty God.
he became “obedient to death, even death on a cross.”
(v.8). Jesus was totally obedient to the Father, even if it
meant a painful death on the cross. We too are to be totally
obedient to the Lord, and submissive to those leaders he places
over us. We are to die to self and endure anything for the
sake of the cause.
Because Jesus emptied himself and humbled himself, “God
greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above
every name” (v.9). If we do the same, then God will
also exalt us. If we are united in heart and mind, then we
can effectively do our work, so that “every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord” (v.11a).