Gospel Partnership

Pray: 

Gracious Lord, I am committed to giving all, knowing that You have given all for me. 

 

Read: PHILIPPIANS 1:1-6

[1] Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God's holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: [2] Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. [3] I thank my God every time I remember you. [4] In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy [5] because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, [6] being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 
 

Reflect: Who are you thanking God for?

Paul usually begins his letters with the designation "apostle," but here he describes himself and Timothy as "servants of Christ Jesus" (1). This is significant, given the servant nature of Jesus himself (2:7). For their part, the Philippians are called "God's holy people," or "saints," a title used for Old Testament Israel but now applied to all those who are "in Jesus Christ"--Gentiles as well as Jews. Like them, we too are privileged recipients of grace and peace (2).

Paul regularly gives thanks to God for the congregations to whom he writes--for the way God is working in their lives. The main focus of his thankfulness here is their "partnership in the Gospel" (5). The Gospel is the message of what God has done in Christ for the salvation of the world, but the Philippians share with Paul in its ministry. As such, Paul is confident--not just because of their good work, but because of his assurance that God is at work in them. Our confidence, too, is rooted in the God who does what he sets out to do.

 

Apply: 

Follow Paul's lead in thanking God for evidence of his grace in others and the confidence that God works through us.

 

Pray: 

God, You are good. I trust You to continue Your work and to bring it to completion.

 

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