March 14, 2017
READ: Philippians 1:1-11
I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return (v.10).
Docci maintains the property at a radio station where I work. He went to school for only a few years before his father forced him to work with the family’s cows. He eventually ran away to the city, where he found a job with a man who taught him a trade and about faith in Jesus. When Pastor Kevin, a dear friend of the radio station, died, the station manager employed Docci. Although Docci had very little education, the manager knew that the training Docci had received from Kevin made him a great asset.
The apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Philippi and reminded them that they were highly valued—assets in the kingdom of God (Philippians 1:1-8). He prayed that their love would overflow and that they would keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. “I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return” (v.10). He also prayed that they would be filled with the fruit of salvation—the good character produced by Jesus Christ, which brings honour to God (v.11).
Paul reminds us that we should “do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticise [us]. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people” (2:14-15). We should live like this because “we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour” (3:20).
As we wait for that day, God is there to train and sharpen us. May we yield to the Holy Spirit’s refining work in our lives, confidently living as assets that matter in the hands of our heavenly Father.
365-day plan: Judges 16:22-31
Read Romans 14:17 and be reminded of what really matters in the kingdom of God.
What makes you an asset within your family, among your friends and colleagues, and in your community? How can you submit more fully to the Holy Spirit’s refining work in your life?