This week I have been pondering a number of truths in Philippians. What jumped out of the paragraph below are the two references to the “day of Jesus Christ”. Take a moment to read it.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil. 1:6-11)
Many things could be said about this passage but what is so encouraging to me is that the Lord is molding and shaping me. He is preparing me for Himself. He is purifying me and forming my character, heart, values and motives to be ready for Him.
Until “that day” I am in process of becoming more like Him. This encourages me. I trust it will encourage you as well.
Take a few minutes to thank Him for all He has done for you, is doing in you and will do when you see Him face to face.
I was reading in Philippians this morning. I was struck by the heartfelt and beautiful prayer that Paul wrote in his letter.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real
knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that
are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which come through
Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil. 1:9-11)
Take a few moments to pray this for yourself and some of the people you know.
Amazed at His grace,
For the last week or so, I’ve been meditating in Philippians 3. I keep coming back to this verse: “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.” (Phil 3:7)
You have been following the lives, trials and prayer needs of many MentorLink staff and partners for months and perhaps years now. I think it is evident, these people are soldiers of the King and are worthy of our prayers.
They are soldiers because they continue to put His Kingdom first. “Whatever things were gain to me….”
Last week I was in Dakar, Senegal and had the privilege to be around many who are living Paul’s words in a difficult and repressive part of Africa.
Living in the US puts in a different place regarding many of the hardships we face compared to those ministering in Africa, Central Asia or the “muslim”nations of the world.
Regardless of where we live or what we face in our lives and ministries, the Spirit calls each of us to “count all things as loss for the sake of Christ”.
May Jesus grant you courage to live into this calling.