Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Work with Your Family

Scripture: Philippians 1:9-11
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Insights: The third aspect to this particular sign post to restore your joy is to work with your family.  There are two specific kinds of work being described in today’s verses, as well as, the motivating influence behind them both.  The first work is that of Jesus our Brother.  Jesus is working with us to perfect us for our eternal dwelling with Him.  In the sixth verse He promises to complete the work He has begun in us.  This perfecting is a three step process.  One, Jesus justifies us before God at the moment of our new birth.  Two, and this step is what Paul is referring to here in this sixth verse, Jesus sanctifies us throughout our remaining life here on earth.  Three, Jesus glorifies us the moment we enter into eternity with Him.  This final step is the ultimate completion of the good work He has begun in us.  The second work in which we find ourselves is that of being co-laborers with our brothers and sisters.  This work consists of spreading the gospel.  Paul expressed his feelings of love toward his siblings as he was imprisoned for the defense and confirmation of the gospel.  He continues the thought by telling these Philippian brothers and sisters that they are partakers of God grace with him.  He knows they themselves are out there in the battle field defending and confirming the gospel just like he is.  And because of this work Paul’s heart is overwhelmed with joy because of their labor in the gospel.  The motivator for these works with our family is found in the eighth verse.  What motivates this sanctification process and this evangelistic zeal is LOVE!  Warren Wiersbe wrote, “Christian love is not something we work up; it is something that God does in us and through us.  Paul longed for his friends, ‘in the love of Jesus Christ.’  It was not Paul’s love channeled through Christ; it was Christ’s love channeled through Paul.”  Beloved, let us love one another!

  1. Is Christ working His sanctifying work in your life?
  2. Are you working with your brothers and sisters for the advancement of the gospel?
Prayer: Father, thank You again for the family You have given to me.  You are the One who purges my life of sin and produces righteousness in Christ Jesus.  May that perfecting work be experienced throughout my family and may we then serve You well as we spread the gospel.  Amen. 

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