Sep 6, 2011

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30 for 30 Day 23 | Philippians 1:19-30

30 for 30 Day 23 | Philippians 1:19-30

30 for 30 is a daily walk with Christ which covers thirty small sections of scripture over thirty days.  The premise of the study is to really slow down and reflect on small snippets of scripture.  Today will be focused on Philippians 1:19-30

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.  20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.  21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me.  Yet what shall I choose?  I do not know!  23 I am torn between the two:  I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.  25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.  27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.  Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.  This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved-and that by God.  29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

 

What was the key verse from the passage, the one that jumped off the page speaking directly to you?

The verse that spoke  to me was verse 20 ” I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”.  To me this means that while I am here on earth I know that God will work through me and make my time here fruitful.  So far I feel my work for Him is spreading the good news through this site. 

Question for you all:  

If you really believe what you say you believe (everlasting life) how much do you have to hate somebody not to tell them about what you know and how you feel?  I honestly can’t help from bringing it up to everyone I talk to.  I can’t hide the joy and the fire that I feel inside.  This in turn provokes people to ask why I am in such a good mood all the time which gives me the opportunity to tell them about the source of my joy.  I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for the rest of my life!

Are there any actions to take in my own life to better serve God?

Instead of the normal meaningless small talk that I have with friend and strangers, I need to start having fruitful conversation with them because I truly love them and want the best for them.  Hopefully by the recognition of my own joy they will realize what they can also obtain by surrendering their lives to Christ.

Are there any new thoughts about God?

God provides the courage we need to press forward in His name.

 

Have a different verse jump out at you, let me know which one and why—–Post a Comment!

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