Being knit together with the same mind means we all want the same thing that God wants for us.
I Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
If we’re of the same mind of Christ, we won’t think we’re more important than the other person.
Philippians 2:2-5 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition) Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention. Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]. Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
A garment that is knit together begins and ends with one strand of yarn. God wants us knit together in love, one with Christ. At first the disciples weren’t knit together. They argued about who would be first (Mark 9:30-37). They asked to call fire from heaven to consume some and weren’t knit together in love (Luke 9:52-56). They needed to be sanctified.
Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
Do we feel the urgency to testify to the lost? We need to have a willingness to speak what God wants us to – of what we’ve seen and heard. Do we pray like the apostles for God to give us boldness to speak the word of God?
Acts 4:13-20 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all…in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they…commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered…Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
The disciples shared everything and worked together so the word could be preached. When the Amalekites came to fight, Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hand with the rod of God. They prevailed in the battle when they held up his hand. The enemy prevailed when they stopped holding up his hand (Exodus 17:8-13). God wants us to support others in his work.
Acts 4:21-32 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because…all men glorified God…For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed. And being let go, they…reported all…And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord…The kings of the earth…and the rulers were gathered together against…his Christ…Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered…to do whatsoever…thy counsel determined before…Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant…that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done… And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude…that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought…he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
The Israelites ran away and hid when they saw the Philistine army that was huge like the sand of the sea.
I Samuel 13:5-6 And the Philistines gathered…to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude…Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.
Samuel told Saul to wait for him to come and then give an offering. Saul was afraid because some of the people left him, so he offered the offering before Samuel arrived. He disobeyed and then lied that he forced himself to do the offering.
I Samuel 13:7-14…Saul, he was yet in Gilgal…the people followed him trembling. And he tarried seven days…that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not…and the people were scattered from him. And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And…as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came…said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered…that thou camest not…and that the Philistines gathered… Therefore said I, The Philistines will come…and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. And Samuel said…Thou hast done foolishly…thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart…to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded…
Jonathan wasn’t afraid to fight the battle alone and was confident God would help even a few men to have victory over the enemy. God wants us to look at impossible situations with confidence that God can solve them when we lean on him.
I Samuel 14:1-6 Now…Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison…But he told not his father. And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah…and the people that were with him were about six hundred men…And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone. …Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines’ garrison…said to the young man that bare his armour…let us go over unto the garrison…it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.
The enemy fought each other and those who had run away from Saul came back to fight. God gave them victory.
I Samuel 14:16-23 And the watchmen of Saul…looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another. Then said Saul…Number now, and see who is gone…And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armourbearer were not there…Saul and all the people…with him…came to the battle: and, behold, every man’s sword was against his fellow…Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines…turned to be with…Saul and Jonathan. Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid…followed hard after them in the battle. So the Lord saved Israel that day…
David knew the battle wasn’t his. He had confidence that God would win the battle against Goliath and the Philistines.
I Samuel 17:45-47…Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord…whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will…take thine head…give the carcases…of the Philistines this day unto the fowls…to the wild beasts…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And…the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.
Jonathan’s heart was knit together with David since they had the same love of God, purpose, and confidence. Jonathan knew David was going to be the next king because of what Samuel said. Jonathan had complete confidence in David so he gave his robe and weapons to David. God wants us to be knit together in love and purpose of God with no division.
I Samuel 18:1-4…the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul…Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
Jonathan’s heart was knit together with David to the end. We won’t stir up trouble or cause division with others if we’re knit together. God sets members in the body as he pleases. If we have an independent spirit that exalts itself above others, we won’t be knit together. We’re to work together and help others with one heart, to care and pray for those in hard trials.
I Corinthians 12:12-18 For as the body is one, and hath many members…being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?…God set the members…in the body, as it hath pleased him.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)