READ: Philippians 1:3-11
- The pursuits about which we thought yesterday bear fruit. But the fruit is not in a singular dimension. Of course, we grow personally when we concentrate on growing spiritually. And, as a result, the congregation will be healthier and more impacting within its world. But even more than that, the ultimate result will be the fruit of praise to God. He will be honored and worshiped.
- You have to assume that Euodia and Syntyche (4:2) were oblivious to the effects of their personal conflict. And you have to believe that the preachers mentioned in Paul’s next paragraph were not cognizant of the trouble they were causing. No believer would consciously stir up the kinds of problems that would hinder the kingdom from moving forward. That would call into question their very relationship with God Himself.
- We all want God to be honored. So, we seek to live in a righteous way, through Christ. We know it’s not our efforts. We know that it’s all because of Christ and what He does in our lives. But, we also know that we play a part in the process. We can’t produce the growth by our own efforts, but Christ will not do it without our permission and involvement. There is no sitting back and just hoping our lives change. We work on it together with God.
- What’s your partnership with God like these days?
- How much do you really want for Him to be glorified?
- What changes have you made in yourself to make sure that happens?
PRAY: Honor God with a moment of praise and adoration. Commit to living in such a way that He is honored by your life. Ask God to help keep you on track in your relationship with Him.