Philippians – The Happiness Letter
Philippians 1, The Message
22-26 As long as I’m alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I’d choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better. But most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that it’s better for me to stick it out here. So I plan to be around awhile, companion to you as your growth and joy in this life of trusting God continues. You can start looking forward to a great reunion when I come visit you again. We’ll be praising Christ, enjoying each other.
27-30 Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against: defeat for them, victory for you—and both because of God. There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. You’re involved in the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you are now getting an updated report in this letter.
What do we learn?
–As long as we are taking breath on this earth there will be a good work God wants us to do and to do it well, giving glory to God, living to please Christ and be a credit to Him and the work HE does in us.
–NO MATTER the circumstance we are in, keep on with the good work God has given us to do. Paul was in jail. He couldn’t have given the excuses, “Well, I will get back to work as soon as I am released from prison.”
–What is the prison that seems to be holding us back, bringing excuses of “well, when this happens, or stops happening, when my situation changes, or my circumstances are better, or when my ship comes in, or…” You get the picture. Get back to work!
–Stand united, with God and each other, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition.
Dear Heavenly Father, You are God and we are not. We live to serve You because we love You. We will work until You come back to take us to our forever home. Thank you for this message that revives our souls. Go with us again this day. We are listening and will be looking around every corner for You!
In Jesus Name, Amen
And I’m singing…”We’ll work ’til Jesus comes…”