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Differing Views

Philippians 3:7-16

Verse 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.

Now Paul steps away from his talking about the mere journey and steps up to point out that we aren’t all walking this path with the same level of experience.

Just like a family hiking together has different ages and abilities, those of us on the faith journey together are at various places in our journey. We are all on the same path but coming in at various points. Just as a hiking trail can have other paths that converge into the main path, allowing new hikers to enter the path while you have been on the path for a while.

In the spiritual hike this adding of newer hikers alongside more seasoned hikers allows for encouragement and wisdom to be passed on. This is kind of what Paul was talking about in this verse. But there are dangers for those who have been on the trail for an extended period of time to think that since they have been on this journey longer, have an understanding of the twists and turns of the path, and have a grasp of the way to the trailhead, that they should make the others see things their way. But those who have been on the trail a shorter time, may have a different view of the path than we do. The key at this point is not to argue about it.

Paul doesn’t even instruct these mature believers to debate with each other. He knew that trying to make others see things the way we see them isn’t community building. And the truth is that it doesn’t matter what we think as much as it matters what God thinks. Paul knew the greater importance of people knowing what God wants them to see than it was for them to see what Paul knew.

This is what we should want too. We should desire above all that God would make Himself plain to all of us so that we will become all that He wants us to be. After all we are not here so that we can make people follow us and our thinking. God has called us to reveal the way to Him. We should be praying for that. When we come to a point of disagreement we need to stop so that it doesn’t become about us and turn the focus to what we know God says of the subject. If we don’t know what He says, we need to pray that He will reveal the truth to us.

Making It Personal

When is a time you should have waited for God to make it clear instead of making an argument out of the situation? How did that incident affect your relationship with the other believer? Who do you need to pray with about clarity today?

Making It Personal Kids

Is it tempting to try to make someone agree with you? Who is a better teacher, you or Jesus? How can you learn to know what Jesus teaches about something?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for the promise that You will give us clear answers about You when we ask. Help us to come to You for clarity instead of trying to make our point clear. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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