May 27, 2021 - Pastor's Corner

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Today, we come to a very well-known and often quoted verse among Christians. May our brief insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians in 4:10-14 be a blessing to you. Please take a quick moment to read these verses afresh.

Also, please keep the gospel’s impact on our personal lives as expressed among our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in your minds as you read the following insights.

From our passage today come the following insights:

  • What does it mean to “rejoice in the Lord” and much more, to do this “greatly?” This is important because Paul told the Philippians this is what he did. To rejoice in the Lord is to actively and continuously remember who Jesus is and what He has done on our behalf. It is to find our meaning in all of life in Jesus Christ. And the life circumstance that caused Paul to rejoice in the Lord is the Philippians’ activity in meeting his needs. For Paul saw Jesus as the Instigator of such loving activity. And the word “greatly” speaks to Paul’s acknowledgement of the sovereign providence of God behind the actions of the Philippians. Do we see Jesus in the same way?
  • It is this perspective that informed the apostle’s attitude concerning needs and abundance. And this perspective flies in the face of those who believe Christians must simply “let go and let God” when it comes to dealing with the issues of life. For it is clear that Paul believed and lived like he had a part to play in every situation of life he faced. But what informed his activities is the fact that God is sovereignly working within His creation to care for His people. Therefore, Paul could act knowing that every need will be met by God whether he had a lot or a little. Hence, our strength and resources are not the determining factor whether we act in faith or not. It is the Personhood of God that informs our actions.
  • Still, Paul thought it was kind of the Philippians to take action in meeting his needs. In fact, he viewed their actions as them partnering with him in his imprisonment because of the gospel. You do remember that he is writing this letter from a Roman prison (house arrest) because he was preaching the gospel, right? This view of Paul’s and the Philippians’ actions show us that there are multiple ways to be involved in the ministry of the gospel. We just have to trust the providence of God, look for gospel-centered opportunities, and then act on what He opens our eyes to see.

Below is our final roadmap through Philippians through mid-June:

Date

Passage

June 3, 2021

4:15-20

June 10, 2021

4:21-22

June 17, 2021

4:23

As always, I encourage you to read ahead to prepare for our time next week—Philippians 4:15-20. Beloved, may grace and peace be yours in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!