Philippians – The Happiness Letter
What joy it is to have good friends or family members who you know will stick with you in good times and bad. It is reassuring when you fall into the dumps of mourning, self-pity or just exhaustion from working hard or trying circumstances. Thank God for those friends and family. Thank them by telling them and sticking with them in their good times and bad.
Running the course God has set out for us is not easy, as Paul reminds us, but if we stick with God, his purpose and best for us, stick with our brothers and sisters in Christ, then we are promised that Jesus Christ, our Messiah, our Savior and Lord, will still stick with us! Jesus will return, claim us as His own, transform our earthly tents to glorious bodies like his own. He will make us beautiful and whole. Finally. Stick with Jesus.
Philippians 3, The Message
7-19 Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.
20-21 But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.
What do we learn?
–What joy awaits those who believe, focused on God’s higher goals, act as His will commands and love Him back with all our hearts, minds and souls.
–There is NO greater joy than doing exactly what God intended for us to be and do.
Dear Heavenly Father, We cry out to you this morning for wisdom, insight and understanding as we strive to stick with You and what You have given us to do. Thank you for this message of encouragement. Thank you for preparing a place for us. Thank you for getting us ready here..for there with You. We love you, Lord. Go with us today…In Jesus Name, Amen