DATE POSTED Friday, 2022-11-18
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Philippians 1:20
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)
BIBLE TEXT: 20 For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that will cause me to be ashamed of myself but that I will always be ready to speak out boldly for Christ while I am going through all these trials here, just as I have in the past; and that I will always be an honor to Christ, whether I live or whether I must die.
APPLICATION: This wish by Paul was expressed while still in jail. A time when most would curse God for allowing such atrocities in their life, yet Paul was praising God for using him, even while in custody. Paul had received reports that there were men trying to take his place on the streets by ministering in Jesus’ name, but Paul’s associates felt like they were false prophets/evangelists. At a time when we would become super frustrated and call for the men of the community to do something about these false teachers, Paul chose to praise God, for His name still being mentioned, even while he was in prison. Can you see where all of these things would really have rubbed us the wrong way? Yet Paul was content in his circumstances and what was going on outside the prison during his absence. However, even while admiring Paul for all of the above, I believe that the Holy Spirit got my attention with the very last words of Paul in verse 20, and it is that thought that I really want to encourage with you with today. Paul’s deep desire was that ‘… I will always be an honor to Christ, whether I live or whether I must die.’ Think about this and try to apply this to your circumstances my friend. No matter what circumstances you are going through, what would you testify is your deepest desire? Imagine this: ‘though I lost my greatest love, yet I desire to honor Christ in everything I say or do’; ‘though I lost my job while still owing a lot of money to my debtors, yet my greatest desire is that I honor Christ in everything I do or say’; ‘though I was committed to prison without a legal reason, much like Paul was, yet my greatest desire is that I honor Christ in everything I do or say’; ‘though I spent many years of blood, sweat and tears over that awesome church, and hate to see the new philosophies implemented after they chose to replace me, yet my greatest desire is that I honor Christ in everything I do or say, whether inside that community or where I am currently located’; etc, etc. Precious friends, I believe that the principle, or the lesson that God wants us to learn from Paul, is that we need to get over ourselves and accept His perfect will for our lives. Circumstances will come, but they may all be a part of God’s perfect plan. It is our choice to praise, worship and honor our Maker in all His ways, means and circumstances. I pray that we will always accept His almighty purpose in our lives, that will ultimately bring glory to Himself. Let NOTHING stop you in your commitment to honor God in every circumstance of life!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: Oh that I will always be an honor to Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, what I have shared in this devotional is virtually impossible in our feeble minds and limited abilities, so I beg of You to strengthen our will every day to face that which You will place before us. Regardless of our circumstances, let us never fail to represent You in prime fashion. The unsaved will not benefit from another one who will whine about their selfish desires, for they need a Savior to see them out of their pit. Please use us as Your holy instruments to show the world who Jesus is, and what He means to us. May Your Kingdom work be enriched because of our efforts today, and may others have reason to give You praise for seeing Your precious work fulfilled through us, in spite of our circumstances. AMEN!
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