“Focus On One Goal” ( Philippians 2: 1 – 2, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

Paul asks us — as Christians — to “focus on one goal.” Our single goal is to “make [our] own attitudes that of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2: 5) Christ, though equal with God the Father, empties Himself and takes on “the likeness of men,” humbling Himself “by becoming obedient to the point of death.” (Philippians 2: 6 – 8) Jesus surrenders His place of glory for “the interests of others.” (Philippians 2: 4)

Paul asks us to be and do the same as Jesus — reminding us that we have “encouragement in Christ.” We have “consolation of love.” We have “fellowship with the Spirit.” We have “affection and mercy.” Given these, we also should think like one another, share the same love as one another, share the same feelings as one another and focus on that single goal of being like Jesus.