Google+ 05/4/13 Every Day, All the Way!

Philippians 1:27-30

 

Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven,

Conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ.

Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you,

I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose,

Fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.

Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies.

This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed,

But that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.

For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ

But also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together.

You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it. 

 

Today is the first of a two-part devotion that will conclude tomorrow.  I have included the full Scripture on both days so that we can look forward and backwards so that we do not miss any of the important points Paul stresses.  As we tune into "the Pauline channel" today, we find him addressing the church at Philippi.  The city of Philippi was originally built as a military post with special citizenship privileges afforded to its residents.  What this meant, was that the Philippians could call themselves Romans.  The language of the government was Latin, but the every-day language of the people was Greek.  The purpose of the letter to the church at Philippi is to comfort the people with regards to Paul's imprisonment.  Paul wanted them to know that his physical condition was not as bad as it could be.  In the meantime, Paul tells all the Philippian believers to live like citizens of heaven.  Paul wants all of them to be worthy of the Good News of Jesus Christ.  He explains that even if he is not able to come back to visit them, in person, he wants to hear positive things about their faith.  Paul then makes the biggest point of part one of today's devotion.  Paul tells them to stand together and be of one spirit and purpose.  By doing this, they will fight the battle together for faith which is the Good News.  As churches full of professing Christians, we must stand in one spirit and one purpose.  This means that we must fellowship with each other, every day in the temple, to better understand this joint purpose.  I recently read a church sign that said, "God wants full custody, not just weekend visitation!"   This cute little "billboard phrase" completely sums it up.  God is not just for Sundays.  Here is another critical fact that we must consider and adhere to.  We were not meant to be alone.  Remember Adam?  God looked at His perfect creation and said, "It is not good for man to be alone."  God had to know what a disaster was possible with more than one person running around in the Garden of Eden.  After considering whatever down-side might be possible, God still determined that man should not be alone.  It is the fellowshipping daily that keeps us focused on one spirit and one purpose.  If we are separated all week and only see each other on Sunday, we will always be divided.  Tomorrow, we will discover what happens when we are all of one spirit and purpose, and fight the battle together for faith.  But until then, today, fellowship with your fellow Christians and experience the joy of the Lord together, Every Day, All the Way!