Crowders are pushy and insistent. They inundate, infiltrate, occupy as squatters, they are default thoughts from the past, or they are secret negative dialogues. Crowders choke out God’s word and His ways. They cause us to be spiritually barren and unfruitful. Mark 4:19 says, “And the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desire for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”
Saturday night I also studied Philippians 2:2-4 in four translations. These three verses hold great truths for us. However, crowders such as fleshly reactions, wanting our own way, and standing up for our rights would negate the unity Paul was writing about.
He wrote, “Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interest of others.”
I love the Strong’s definition of one accord: having mutual consent, being in agreement, having group unity, having one mind and purpose. This means not complaining about another, or keeping a record of wrongs, no gossiping, or anything that would cause division. Those are all fruits of the flesh.
Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Paul wrote how unity is to work successfully. Ephesians 4:2-3 says, “With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” This is God’s template for all relationships.
The only way we can practice the truths Paul wrote about is when we are following the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16 says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Walking in the Spirit means that the fruit of His Spirit will be evident in our lives. Our oneness then will emulate Christ’s character and His love for those who are watching.