March 18, 2021 - Pastor's Corner
Today, we are continuing our journey of pulling out brief insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. You will remember that the overall theme of this letter is the gospel’s impact on our personal lives as expressed in a corporate setting. That is, the truths we see in this brief letter by Paul should impact us first as we live them out among our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, namely, the members of the biblical local-global church we belong to.
For today, our specific focus is on 2:14-18. I encourage you to take a quick moment to read these verses afresh. From them come the following insights:
- When we as Christians faithfully base our everyday lives on the gospel of Jesus Christ such a lifestyle stands out in this world because we are not known to be disagreeable people. While we may and do disagree with various things and people, we are more concerned with what God thinks about our actions rather than the world in which we live. Therefore, we go through life not being complainers about the issues of life that confront us every day. Rather we look for opportunities to demonstrate and share the gospel.
- Just like Paul and the Philippians, we should be willing, glad, and joyful to give our lives for the gospel. And while we may not be literally called to die for our faith, our lives are unmistakably shaped by it. Things like selflessness on behalf of others, intentionally seeking the greatest welfare of others, sitting at the feet of Jesus to hear from Him in the Scriptures, and the regular practice of viewing ourselves and others in the light of the gospel should take front and center in our daily lives.
Next week, we’ll look at Philippians 2:19-24, so feel free to read ahead. As always, church family, may grace and peace be yours in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!