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Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 2:5

In the 1960s and 70s, no organization demonstrated the idea of corporate culture better than IBM. They had a reputation for taking care of their employees from the cradle to the grave. IBM employees worked together from the mailroom to the CEO with a shared mission and vision. This sameness extended even to dress, dark suits, white shirts, wingtips for the men, and similar attire for the women. All of this was part of the IBM image. So when an IBM salesperson came calling, you had no doubt who they represented.

As disciples of Christ, we also share in sameness through God's grace. In prevenient grace, Christ cares for us from the time of our birth, calling us to him. In our acceptance and baptism, we become incorporated into Christ's body. Filled by the Holy Spirit, we have a shared mission and vision with Jesus Christ. Our mission is to share the good news of God's deliverance with others. Our vision is to restore God's kingdom here on earth by seeking righteousness and justice. Our dress code is not formal physical attire but the spiritual clothing of "compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."

(Col. 3:12) By this sameness, we are known as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Precious and loving God, we thank you for sending your Son Jesus. In him, we have the perfect example of how we are to live. Please help us to have the same mind of Christ. Fill our hearts with love, and guide our steps as we share your message of hope with others. Through Jesus Christ, we ask these things. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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