Friday, December 14, 2012

A Review of Where We Have Been

Scripture: Philippians 3:17-21
Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

Insights: These verses are in many ways a review of all Paul has previously written.  It also functions like a verbal pause before he enters into the very serious information with which he is about to write the church of Philippi.  Paul is writing a review of things, but there are times in which it is helpful for us to review our life choices and make certain we are still walking a path that leads toward Christ Jesus.  Paul knew how easily it was for people to get tripped up in their pursuit of Christ.  It was why he gave this review in the first place.  He was helping the Philippians to stay focused on their citizenship and not get caught up in the things of this world.  Beloved, I would encourage you to take some time, especially during this Christmas season, when life is so busy, and reflect on your relationship with the Savior, Jesus.  Ask Him whether your life is bringing glory to His name or if your life is hindering others from coming to His saving grace.  Pray David’s prayer, “Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way (Psalm 139:23-24).”  After praying this prayer, obey the Spirit in whatever answer He gives to you.  Then, hopefully, we can say with Paul, follow my example to others and help bring glory, honor and praise to our Lord!

  1. How often do you review or reflect on where God is leading you?
  2. Are there any course corrections you need to make in order to press on toward call of God on your life?
Prayer: Lord, Paul told us to forget what lies behind so that it would not distract us from our destination.  Healthy reviews, however, that help aid us in that forward progress are good.  May my review this day of my life choices help stir me in the proper pursuit of Your glory.  Amen. 

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