Have you ever given the right answer to the wrong question?
There have been times in the past that I’ve presented a well formed argument to answer a question that wasn’t even asked in the first place. I completely misinterpreted the question, so although I have a great answer, I demonstrated no understanding of what was most important.
It makes me wonder why Paul wrote the kind of letter he did to the church in Philippi.
After a dramatic encounter with Jesus, Paul became the foremost leader in the church and one of the most prominent when it came to moving in the life and power of the Holy Spirit.
But it seems that the church in Philippi may have misinterpreted what was most important to Paul. They may have begun to elevate the importance of power above the most essential and foundational ingredient of the Christian faith.
Paul reminds them that love is the greatest evidence of the Spirits presence at work among them:
‘If you have any… common sharing in the Spirit… then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition… Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others’ – Philippians 2:1 (NIV)
Although the power of the Holy Spirit was a core part of Paul’s ministry, he wanted to leave no room for doubting that the foundation of love must be first.
Some may have seen the power of the Holy Spirit an opportunity for promotion or prominence or to be used for their own advantage. However Paul uses Jesus’ example to dispel any questions about the purpose behind the power:
‘In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant’ (2:5-8)
Always pursue the power of the Holy Spirit, however never neglect answering the most important question of love!
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