J. B. Phillips reads Philippians 2:2-3 as “Live together in harmony, live together in love, as though you had only one mind and one spirit between you. Never act from motives of rivalry or personal vanity, but in humility think more of each other than you do of yourselves. None of you should think only of his own affairs, but consider other people’s interests also”
Many people think it is okay to treat other Christians wrong. They say things in a nasty tone, roll their eyes at them, belittle their ideas and plans and genuinely treat them in a non-loving manner.
Field mice are deceived for months because they don’t see the owner of the field for months and thus feel free to do as they please. They are unaware that harvest time is coming and when it does – their time is ended.
Likewise some Christians deceive themselves. Because they can’t see God and because he does not interfere with their power to make choices, they believe they have control of the field and forget God’s promise that there will be a harvest. Additionally, we will reap what we sow. So they mistreat brothers and sisters as if the master will never return.
I can understand the mouse’s lack of thinking and his resulting demise. But a Christian who says he or she is “all in” – mice or men? Only you can answer.
YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.