It all started with a bottle of bubbles.
They were being blown into the air swirling all around a two-year-old who had never before experienced the very simple wonder of soap and water. Whooooooooa! she slowly yelled jumping to try to catch them. She was soon laughing hysterically every time they were blown in her face, and her joy contagiously spread to the adults around her. She laughed, they laughed, and the joy continued to grow, bouncing back and forth between them.
Happiness starts in the mind, but continues as a group project. We have the power to affect one another deeply. We feel each other’s burdens and empathize with wounds and scars; we’re able to come together to share in a person’s joy. Paul’s letter to the Philippians speaks about our collective joy and making it complete by continuing in the vein of community and the spirit of God.
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. -Philippians 2: 1-5
Being in relationship and community with others will really shine a light on what it is in our own lives that would keep us from truly being one with each other: our selfishness, our pride, our consistent need to look out for ourselves. But Paul lays it out plainly-we have to have the same attitude as Christ if we are really going to be in community and live out this great happiness group project together.
Jesus never thought of Himself as too great for anyone; he made Himself a servant to everyone. But, He certainly was no doormat either; He knew full well who He was and rested confidently in that. We are to do and believe the same things. His humility was a rebuke to pride; our humility will usher in happiness.
Our Group Project:
1. We are to prefer one another (Romans 12:10).
2. We are to edify (or build!) one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
3. We are to bear each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).
4. We do not judge one another (Romans 14: 13).
5. We are to admonish (or encourage) each other (Romans 15:14).
If we are to take this project seriously, and believe we are better together then Sundays together are priorities! Serving with one another on ministry teams is a privilege, serving our community together brings us closer to the heart of Jesus.
Are you in?