Hey guys! For the month of December, I’ve taken the challenge to read through (or listen to) the entire book of Philippians every day. Philippians is my favorite book of the Bible, and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I wanted to share with you a short thing I wrote about chapter 1, verses 3-5:
Throughout the book of Philippians, Paul is very others-minded. As I’ve read through it each day this month, it’s amazed me to think that he could write these things while in prison. “I give thanks to my God for all of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer.”
As a prisoner, he had every right from a human perspective to be self-pitying, discouraged, and pessimistic. But he was the exact opposite! He gave thanks to his God upon every remembrance of them because he knew they were partners with him in the gospel. They were saved. They were redeemed. There were saints in Philippi who had been delivered from death to life and that was enough to bring Paul joy. He kept his eyes on the gospel and, through it all, was more concerned about the spiritual growth and well-being of others than his own life.
Church, we can have that same joy and that same concern for others because we have been given the very same gospel! Even when we’re walking through our own valleys, we can rejoice in the victories of others. And the Ultimate Victory–Jesus’ defeat of sin and death on the cross–is what will give us the strength and the hope to do so.
Put others first and rejoice always!
Our joy as Christians should have nothing to do with our circumstances, but everything to do with our Jesus! He willingly gave Himself for us; He willingly chose us. We are always welcome in His presence, and one day we will see Him face to face….that’s enough to bring me joy.
Happy 15th…only ten days left until Christmas! Seek Him first this holiday season, and you will be blessed. Until next time, Church ❤
P.S. I just added another song to the “Songs I Wrote” page!