Category Archives: 11 – Philippians

Imitating an Apostle


Daily Bible Reading – Philippians 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – Philippians 3:1-21

In the early days of Christianity, just as it is today, the goal of a Christ follower was to live a Christ-like life.  Today, though, we have a huge advantage over the early Christians.  Today, if someone wants to learn about Jesus, all he has to do is pick up a Bible and start reading the New Testament.  In the Gospels, a person can read all about the life of Jesus Christ.  He can read about how Christ lived and what He taught.  If we want to find a person to imitate, we have to look no further than the Source.  For the early Christians, however, no such text existed.  There was no such thing as the New Testament in the early days of Christianity.  The story of Jesus life had not yet been written down in a form that was readily available to all seekers.  Paul knew this.  Paul knew that the people he encountered did not have a means to easily experience Christ directly.  He knew it would be difficult for others to follow Christ’s example if they were unable to see his example the way we can today.  In the absence of being able to imitate Christ, Paul told the Philippians to imitate him.  Paul was not claiming to be perfect.  In fact, at the beginning of today’s key passage he clearly states that he has not arrived at his goal of being Christ-like.  Despite his imperfections, the fact that Paul was able to tell others to imitate him is a testament to the way he lived his life.  He lived as a readily available example of Christ.

How many of us could say the same thing?  Imagine a person who had no way of knowing about Jesus Christ.  Imagine that this person had never read the Bible and did not have access to one.  Imagine that this person may have heard a few things about Christ, some true and some not, but had no way to tell the difference.  Imagine that the only way this person could try to become Christ-like would be to imitate you.  How would that go?  If this person tried to copy you in everything that you said and did, would they become more Christ-like?  While this may sound like a scary thought to a certain degree, it is not altogether far from reality.  Most of the people we know who do not know Christ are almost exactly like the imaginary person I described.  While most of the people we encounter do have access to a Bible, the simple truth is that they will not spend the time, at least initially, to read about Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  Instead, they will watch you and perhaps even imitate you.  Think about this today as you encounter people.  Are you acting as a good example for Jesus Christ?  If someone is watching you, are you leading him closer to Christ or driving him away from Him?  As we all attempt to reach the goal of a Christ-like life, let us all try to be good examples today for others to imitate.

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A Life Under Construction


Daily Bible Reading – Song of Songs 5-8; Philippians 1

Today’s Key Passage – Philippians 1:3-11

 

Awhile back my wife and I were driving home after visiting my parents house when we noticed the passenger airbag light in her car illuminated.  We were not sure what the light meant or why it was on, but when the driver’s airbag light also illuminated on the dashboard we realized that obviously there was a mechanical problem somewhere in the vehicle.  As I stared at those two lights, my mind raced with thoughts of our safety while driving the car the rest of the way home as well as the impending repair bill that would undoubtedly accompany these lights.  To put it mildly, my reaction in the car that day was less than Christ-like, as my worries and frustrations boiled over and I reacted in the flesh.  Following my mini-tirade, I immediately realized how inappropriate my behavior had become, and I looked at my wife for her reaction.  As I looked in her eyes, I found that the judgment that I expected to see and rightly deserved was not there.  Instead, I saw in my wife’s eyes compassion and love, as she supported me in repenting from my sin.

At times like these, I am reminded of a couple of things.  First, I am reminded how far I have come since I began my walk with Christ.  It was not that long ago when outbursts like this one were so common from me that I would not have given them a second thought.  More importantly, I am reminded of how far I have yet to go.  I am reminded that no matter how far I have come, I am still a project under construction.  In times like these, we can find comfort in today’s key passage.  In it, Paul is expressing his thanksgiving for the church in Philippi.  In verse 6, he gives all of us hope as he says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  No matter how far along each of us are in our walks with Jesus, we are all still under construction.  We all have times of failure.  We all have times of reacting to things in the flesh instead of the Spirit.  We can be confident, though, that God is not finished with His work.  He has been working for all of us since the beginning of time.  He worked for us when He created the world, and He worked for us when Christ died on the cross.  He began His work in each of us when we first came to Him and were saved.  By the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, He will continue His work in us throughout our lives until we are called home or Christ returns.

During a trip to New York, my wife and I went to Ground Zero where the World Trade Center towers once stood.  At the time, there was a constant motion of people and equipment working on building the new memorial site.  The site under construction was not much to look at, but there was no doubt in our minds that the men and women working on the project were not going to stop until their work was finished.  Likewise, during our lowest points we may not be much to look at, but there is no doubt that God is not going to stop working until we are complete.  The next time you have a moment of failure, remember Paul’s words to the Philippians.  In those times you might think God is looking on you with all of the judgment and condemnation that you feel you rightly deserve.  Instead, what you will find is His unyielding compassion and his unlimited love as He supports you in repenting of your sin.  In those moments, praise God for His work on the cross, and thank Him for His promise to complete the good work He began in you.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Imitating an Apostle


Daily Bible Reading – Philippians 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – Philippians 3:1-21

In the early days of Christianity, just as it is today, the goal of a Christ follower was to live a Christ-like life.  Today, though, we have a huge advantage over the early Christians.  Today, if someone wants to learn about Jesus, all he has to do is pick up a Bible and start reading the New Testament.  In the Gospels, a person can read all about the life of Jesus Christ.  He can read about how Christ lived and what He taught.  If we want to find a person to imitate, we have to look no further than the Source.  For the early Christians, however, no such text existed.  There was no such thing as the New Testament in the early days of Christianity.  The story of Jesus life had not yet been written down in a form that was readily available to all seekers.  Paul knew this.  Paul knew that the people he encountered did not have a means to easily experience Christ directly.  He knew it would be difficult for others to follow Christ’s example if they were unable to see his example the way we can today.  In the absence of being able to imitate Christ, Paul told the Philippians to imitate him.  Paul was not claiming to be perfect.  In fact, at the beginning of today’s key passage he clearly states that he has not arrived at his goal of being Christ-like.  Despite his imperfections, the fact that Paul was able to tell others to imitate him is a testament to the way he lived his life.  He lived as a readily available example of Christ.

How many of us could say the same thing?  Imagine a person who had no way of knowing about Jesus Christ.  Imagine that this person had never read the Bible and did not have access to one.  Imagine that this person may have heard a few things about Christ, some true and some not, but had no way to tell the difference.  Imagine that the only way this person could try to become Christ-like would be to imitate you.  How would that go?  If this person tried to copy you in everything that you said and did, would they become more Christ-like?  While this may sound like a scary thought to a certain degree, it is not altogether far from reality.  Most of the people we know who do not know Christ are almost exactly like the imaginary person I described.  While most of the people we encounter do have access to a Bible, the simple truth is that they will not spend the time, at least initially, to read about Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  Instead, they will watch you and perhaps even imitate you.  Think about this today as you encounter people.  Are you acting as a good example for Jesus Christ?  If someone is watching you, are you leading him closer to Christ or driving him away from Him?  As we all attempt to reach the goal of a Christ-like life, let us all try to be good examples today for others to imitate.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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A Life Under Construction


Daily Bible Reading – Song of Songs 5-8; Philippians 1

Today’s Key Passage – Philippians 1:3-11

 

Awhile back my wife and I were driving home after visiting my parents house when we noticed the passenger airbag light in her car illuminated.  We were not sure what the light meant or why it was on, but when the driver’s airbag light also illuminated on the dashboard we realized that obviously there was a mechanical problem somewhere in the vehicle.  As I stared at those two lights, my mind raced with thoughts of our safety while driving the car the rest of the way home as well as the impending repair bill that would undoubtedly accompany these lights.  To put it mildly, my reaction in the car that day was less than Christ-like, as my worries and frustrations boiled over and I reacted in the flesh.  Following my mini-tirade, I immediately realized how inappropriate my behavior had become, and I looked at my wife for her reaction.  As I looked in her eyes, I found that the judgment that I expected to see and rightly deserved was not there.  Instead, I saw in my wife’s eyes compassion and love, as she supported me in repenting from my sin.

At times like these, I am reminded of a couple of things.  First, I am reminded how far I have come since I began my walk with Christ.  It was not that long ago when outbursts like this one were so common from me that I would not have given them a second thought.  More importantly, I am reminded of how far I have yet to go.  I am reminded that no matter how far I have come, I am still a project under construction.  In times like these, we can find comfort in today’s key passage.  In it, Paul is expressing his thanksgiving for the church in Philippi.  In verse 6, he gives all of us hope as he says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  No matter how far along each of us are in our walks with Jesus, we are all still under construction.  We all have times of failure.  We all have times of reacting to things in the flesh instead of the Spirit.  We can be confident, though, that God is not finished with His work.  He has been working for all of us since the beginning of time.  He worked for us when He created the world, and He worked for us when Christ died on the cross.  He began His work in each of us when we first came to Him and were saved.  By the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, He will continue His work in us throughout our lives until we are called home or Christ returns.

During a trip to New York, my wife and I went to Ground Zero where the World Trade Center towers once stood.  At the time, there was a constant motion of people and equipment working on building the new memorial site.  The site under construction was not much to look at, but there was no doubt in our minds that the men and women working on the project were not going to stop until their work was finished.  Likewise, during our lowest points we may not be much to look at, but there is no doubt that God is not going to stop working until we are complete.  The next time you have a moment of failure, remember Paul’s words to the Philippians.  In those times you might think God is looking on you with all of the judgment and condemnation that you feel you rightly deserve.  Instead, what you will find is His unyielding compassion and his unlimited love as He supports you in repenting of your sin.  In those moments, praise God for His work on the cross, and thank Him for His promise to complete the good work He began in you.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Imitating an Apostle


Daily Bible Reading – Philippians 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – Philippians 3:1-21

In the early days of Christianity, just as it is today, the goal of a Christ follower was to live a Christ-like life.  Today, though, we have a huge advantage over the early Christians.  Today, if someone wants to learn about Jesus, all he has to do is pick up a Bible and start reading the New Testament.  In the Gospels, a person can read all about the life of Jesus Christ.  He can read about how Christ lived and what He taught.  If we want to find a person to imitate, we have to look no further than the Source.  For the early Christians, however, no such text existed.  There was no such thing as the New Testament in the early days of Christianity.  The story of Jesus life had not yet been written down in a form that was readily available to all seekers.  Paul knew this.  Paul knew that the people he encountered did not have a means to easily experience Christ directly.  He knew it would be difficult for others to follow Christ’s example if they were unable to see his example the way we can today.  In the absence of being able to imitate Christ, Paul told the Philippians to imitate him.  Paul was not claiming to be perfect.  In fact, at the beginning of today’s key passage he clearly states that he has not arrived at his goal of being Christ-like.  Despite his imperfections, the fact that Paul was able to tell others to imitate him is a testament to the way he lived his life.  He lived as a readily available example of Christ.

How many of us could say the same thing?  Imagine a person who had no way of knowing about Jesus Christ.  Imagine that this person had never read the Bible and did not have access to one.  Imagine that this person may have heard a few things about Christ, some true and some not, but had no way to tell the difference.  Imagine that the only way this person could try to become Christ-like would be to imitate you.  How would that go?  If this person tried to copy you in everything that you said and did, would they become more Christ-like?  While this may sound like a scary thought to a certain degree, it is not altogether far from reality.  Most of the people we know who do not know Christ are almost exactly like the imaginary person I described.  While most of the people we encounter do have access to a Bible, the simple truth is that they will not spend the time, at least initially, to read about Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  Instead, they will watch you and perhaps even imitate you.  Think about this today as you encounter people.  Are you acting as a good example for Jesus Christ?  If someone is watching you, are you leading him closer to Christ or driving him away from Him?  As we all attempt to reach the goal of a Christ-like life, let us all try to be good examples today for others to imitate.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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A Life Under Construction


Daily Bible Reading – Song of Songs 5-8; Philippians 1

Today’s Key Passage – Philippians 1:3-11

 

Awhile back my wife and I were driving home after visiting my parents house when we noticed the passenger airbag light in her car illuminated.  We were not sure what the light meant or why it was on, but when the driver’s airbag light also illuminated on the dashboard we realized that obviously there was a mechanical problem somewhere in the vehicle.  As I stared at those two lights, my mind raced with thoughts of our safety while driving the car the rest of the way home as well as the impending repair bill that would undoubtedly accompany these lights.  To put it mildly, my reaction in the car that day was less than Christ-like, as my worries and frustrations boiled over and I reacted in the flesh.  Following my mini-tirade, I immediately realized how inappropriate my behavior had become, and I looked at my wife for her reaction.  As I looked in her eyes, I found that the judgment that I expected to see and rightly deserved was not there.  Instead, I saw in my wife’s eyes compassion and love, as she supported me in repenting from my sin.

At times like these, I am reminded of a couple of things.  First, I am reminded how far I have come since I began my walk with Christ.  It was not that long ago when outbursts like this one were so common from me that I would not have given them a second thought.  More importantly, I am reminded of how far I have yet to go.  I am reminded that no matter how far I have come, I am still a project under construction.  In times like these, we can find comfort in today’s key passage.  In it, Paul is expressing his thanksgiving for the church in Philippi.  In verse 6, he gives all of us hope as he says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  No matter how far along each of us are in our walks with Jesus, we are all still under construction.  We all have times of failure.  We all have times of reacting to things in the flesh instead of the Spirit.  We can be confident, though, that God is not finished with His work.  He has been working for all of us since the beginning of time.  He worked for us when He created the world, and He worked for us when Christ died on the cross.  He began His work in each of us when we first came to Him and were saved.  By the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, He will continue His work in us throughout our lives until we are called home or Christ returns.

During a trip to New York, my wife and I went to Ground Zero where the World Trade Center towers once stood.  At the time, there was a constant motion of people and equipment working on building the new memorial site.  The site under construction was not much to look at, but there was no doubt in our minds that the men and women working on the project were not going to stop until their work was finished.  Likewise, during our lowest points we may not be much to look at, but there is no doubt that God is not going to stop working until we are complete.  The next time you have a moment of failure, remember Paul’s words to the Philippians.  In those times you might think God is looking on you with all of the judgment and condemnation that you feel you rightly deserve.  Instead, what you will find is His unyielding compassion and his unlimited love as He supports you in repenting of your sin.  In those moments, praise God for His work on the cross, and thank Him for His promise to complete the good work He began in you.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Imitating an Apostle


Daily Bible Reading – Philippians 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – Philippians 3:1-21

In the early days of Christianity, just as it is today, the goal of a Christ follower was to live a Christ-like life.  Today, though, we have a huge advantage over the early Christians.  Today, if someone wants to learn about Jesus, all he has to do is pick up a Bible and start reading the New Testament.  In the Gospels, a person can read all about the life of Jesus Christ.  He can read about how Christ lived and what He taught.  If we want to find a person to imitate, we have to look no further than the Source.  For the early Christians, however, no such text existed.  There was no such thing as the New Testament in the early days of Christianity.  The story of Jesus life had not yet been written down in a form that was readily available to all seekers.  Paul knew this.  Paul knew that the people he encountered did not have a means to easily experience Christ directly.  He knew it would be difficult for others to follow Christ’s example if they were unable to see his example the way we can today.  In the absence of being able to imitate Christ, Paul told the Philippians to imitate him.  Paul was not claiming to be perfect.  In fact, at the beginning of today’s key passage he clearly states that he has not arrived at his goal of being Christ-like.  Despite his imperfections, the fact that Paul was able to tell others to imitate him is a testament to the way he lived his life.  He lived as a readily available example of Christ.

How many of us could say the same thing?  Imagine a person who had no way of knowing about Jesus Christ.  Imagine that this person had never read the Bible and did not have access to one.  Imagine that this person may have heard a few things about Christ, some true and some not, but had no way to tell the difference.  Imagine that the only way this person could try to become Christ-like would be to imitate you.  How would that go?  If this person tried to copy you in everything that you said and did, would they become more Christ-like?  While this may sound like a scary thought to a certain degree, it is not altogether far from reality.  Most of the people we know who do not know Christ are almost exactly like the imaginary person I described.  While most of the people we encounter do have access to a Bible, the simple truth is that they will not spend the time, at least initially, to read about Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  Instead, they will watch you and perhaps even imitate you.  Think about this today as you encounter people.  Are you acting as a good example for Jesus Christ?  If someone is watching you, are you leading him closer to Christ or driving him away from Him?  As we all attempt to reach the goal of a Christ-like life, let us all try to be good examples today for others to imitate.

 

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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A Life Under Construction


Daily Bible Reading – Song of Songs 5-8; Philippians 1

Today’s Key Passage – Philippians 1:3-11

 

Awhile back my wife and I were driving home after visiting my parents house when we noticed the passenger airbag light in her car illuminated.  We were not sure what the light meant or why it was on, but when the driver’s airbag light also illuminated on the dashboard we realized that obviously there was a mechanical problem somewhere in the vehicle.  As I stared at those two lights, my mind raced with thoughts of our safety while driving the car the rest of the way home as well as the impending repair bill that would undoubtedly accompany these lights.  To put it mildly, my reaction in the car that day was less than Christ-like, as my worries and frustrations boiled over and I reacted in the flesh.  Following my mini-tirade, I immediately realized how inappropriate my behavior had become, and I looked at my wife for her reaction.  As I looked in her eyes, I found that the judgment that I expected to see and rightly deserved was not there.  Instead, I saw in my wife’s eyes compassion and love, as she supported me in repenting from my sin.

At times like these, I am reminded of a couple of things.  First, I am reminded how far I have come since I began my walk with Christ.  It was not that long ago when outbursts like this one were so common from me that I would not have given them a second thought.  More importantly, I am reminded of how far I have yet to go.  I am reminded that no matter how far I have come, I am still a project under construction.  In times like these, we can find comfort in today’s key passage.  In it, Paul is expressing his thanksgiving for the church in Philippi.  In verse 6, he gives all of us hope as he says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  No matter how far along each of us are in our walks with Jesus, we are all still under construction.  We all have times of failure.  We all have times of reacting to things in the flesh instead of the Spirit.  We can be confident, though, that God is not finished with His work.  He has been working for all of us since the beginning of time.  He worked for us when He created the world, and He worked for us when Christ died on the cross.  He began His work in each of us when we first came to Him and were saved.  By the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, He will continue His work in us throughout our lives until we are called home or Christ returns.

During a trip to New York, my wife and I went to Ground Zero where the World Trade Center towers once stood.  At the time, there was a constant motion of people and equipment working on building the new memorial site.  The site under construction was not much to look at, but there was no doubt in our minds that the men and women working on the project were not going to stop until their work was finished.  Likewise, during our lowest points we may not be much to look at, but there is no doubt that God is not going to stop working until we are complete.  The next time you have a moment of failure, remember Paul’s words to the Philippians.  In those times you might think God is looking on you with all of the judgment and condemnation that you feel you rightly deserve.  Instead, what you will find is His unyielding compassion and his unlimited love as He supports you in repenting of your sin.  In those moments, praise God for His work on the cross, and thank Him for His promise to complete the good work He began in you.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Imitating an Apostle


Daily Bible Reading – Philippians 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – Philippians 3:1-21

 

In the early days of Christianity, just as it is today, the goal of a Christ follower was to live a Christ-like life.  Today, though, we have a huge advantage over the early Christians.  Today, if someone wants to learn about Jesus, all he has to do is pick up a Bible and start reading the New Testament.  In the Gospels, a person can read all about the life of Jesus Christ.  He can read about how Christ lived and what He taught.  If we want to find a person to imitate, we have to look no further than the Source.  For the early Christians, however, no such text existed.  There was no such thing as the New Testament in the early days of Christianity.  The story of Jesus life had not yet been written down in a form that was readily available to all seekers.  Paul knew this.  Paul knew that the people he encountered did not have a means to easily experience Christ directly.  He knew it would be difficult for others to follow Christ’s example if they were unable to see his example the way we can today.  In the absence of being able to imitate Christ, Paul told the Philippians to imitate him.  Paul was not claiming to be perfect.  In fact, at the beginning of today’s key passage he clearly states that he has not arrived at his goal of being Christ-like.  Despite his imperfections, the fact that Paul was able to tell others to imitate him is a testament to the way he lived his life.  He lived as a readily available example of Christ.

How many of us could say the same thing?  Imagine a person who had no way of knowing about Jesus Christ.  Imagine that this person had never read the Bible and did not have access to one.  Imagine that this person may have heard a few things about Christ, some true and some not, but had no way to tell the difference.  Imagine that the only way this person could try to become Christ-like would be to imitate you.  How would that go?  If this person tried to copy you in everything that you said and did, would they become more Christ-like?  While this may sound like a scary thought to a certain degree, it is not altogether far from reality.  Most of the people we know who do not know Christ are almost exactly like the imaginary person I described.  While most of the people we encounter do have access to a Bible, the simple truth is that they will not spend the time, at least initially, to read about Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  Instead, they will watch you and perhaps even imitate you.  Think about this today as you encounter people.  Are you acting as a good example for Jesus Christ?  If someone is watching you, are you leading him closer to Christ or driving him away from Him?  As we all attempt to reach the goal of a Christ-like life, let us all try to be good examples today for others to imitate.

 

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

 

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

 

 

 

 

A Life Under Construction


Daily Bible Reading – Song of Songs 5-8; Philippians 1

Today’s Key Passage – Philippians 1:3-11 – CLICK HERE to read the key passage

 

About a week ago my wife and I were driving home after visiting my parents house when we noticed the passenger airbag light in her car illuminated.  We were not sure what the light meant or why it was on, but when the driver’s airbag light also illuminated on the dashboard we realized that obviously there was a mechanical problem somewhere in the vehicle.  As I stared at those two lights, my mind raced with thoughts of our safety while driving the car the rest of the way home as well as the impending repair bill that would undoubtedly accompany these lights.  To put it mildly, my reaction in the car that day was less than Christ-like, as my worries and frustrations boiled over and I reacted in the flesh.  Following my mini-tirade, I immediately realized how inappropriate my behavior had become, and I looked at my wife for her reaction.  As I looked in her eyes, I found that the judgment that I expected to see and rightly deserved was not there.  Instead, I saw in my wife’s eyes compassion and love, as she supported me in repenting from my sin.

At times like these, I am reminded of a couple of things.  First, I am reminded how far I have come since I began my walk with Christ.  It was not that long ago when outbursts like this one were so common from me that I would not have given them a second thought.  More importantly, I am reminded of how far I have yet to go.  I am reminded that no matter how far I have come, I am still a project under construction.  In times like these, we can find comfort in our key passage today.  In it, Paul is expressing his thanksgiving for the church in Philippi.  In verse 6, he gives all of us hope as he says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  No matter how far along each of us are in our walks with Jesus, we are all still under construction.  We all have times of failure.  We all have times of reacting to things in the flesh instead of the Spirit.  We can be confident, though, that God is not finished with His work.  He has been working for all of us since the beginning of time.  He worked for us when He created the world, and He worked for us when Christ died on the cross.  He began His work in each of us when we first came to Him and were saved.  By the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, He will continue His work in us throughout our lives until Christ returns.

Earlier this week, my wife and I were in New York and we went to Ground Zero where the World Trade Center towers once stood.  At the site today, there is a constant motion of people and equipment working on building the new memorial site.  Right now, in its present state, the site under construction is not much to look at, but there is no doubt that the men and women working on this project are not going to stop working until it is complete.  Likewise, during our lowest points we may not be much to look at, but there is no doubt that God is not going to stop working until we are complete.  The next time you have a moment of failure, remember Paul’s words to the Philippians.  In those times you might think God is looking on you with all of the judgment and condemnation that you feel you rightly deserve.  Instead, what you will find is His unyielding compassion and his unlimited love as He supports you in repenting of your sin.  In those moments, praise God for His work on the cross, and thank Him for His promise to complete the good work He began in you.

Can you think of any other lessons we can learn from today’s key passage?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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