May Your Church Bring Honor To Christ

Many will assume from the title of today’s devotional that they now have reinforcement to get their pastor, or church leaders straightened out. But Paul was addressing the church at Philippi, that’s the Christians meeting together there. The Holy Spirit invoked this message in and through Paul that we will meditate on today, because it is still so relevant to your church and my church. At the end of today’s lesson, we should walk away knowing how best to think, act and minister in a united fashion for the benefit of the Kingdom of God. If you feel like you worship with imperfect people at your church, then this lesson is for you!

DATE POSTED Tuesday, 2022-11-22
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Philippians 1:27
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: 27 Above all else, you must live in a way that brings honor to the good news about Christ. Then, whether I visit you or not, I will hear that all of you think alike. I will know that you are working together and are struggling side by side to get others to believe the good news.

APPLICATION: Why do you suppose that we are such miserable folk as to find fault with everything, and everyone at our respective churches? When imperfectness meets together with others who are imperfect, does it not result in imperfect results? So how do we correct this? Friends, we are reminded by the Holy Spirit, through Paul, that we must live, and meet together with certain goals in mind:
~**~ The Purpose For Which We Meet – Imagine after a long week at work, where so much has gone down between envious employees, that you would dare awaken and choose to go to a place that supposedly represents a loving and miraculous God, but you have foreknowledge that there is much strife and embattlement going on between its members? Paul said that the church should be meeting to bring honor to the good news of Jesus Christ. A church that fails in that, will look like what I just described. Remember, the ‘church’ is the people, or the body – you and I, that assembles in the name of Jesus. Paul also emphasized this same subject in Romans 12:18, so I am convinced that it was important then, as it should be now. In as much as it depends on me, may I always live at peace with everyone!
~**~ Evidence of being a Philippians 1 Church – ‘Think alike‘ – isn’t it interesting that for every person in a church business meeting, you will find their own respective views on something?! Yet, if we are living under the same principles, we will tend to ‘think alike’! ‘Work Together‘ – I heard an older church member say at one time while working on a project for the church, if only the others would disappear, then I might get the work done. While this may be true in certain circumstances, I believe that God uses such times to strengthen our bond with each other so we could, in turn, go on to accomplish ministry together. ‘Struggling side-by-side‘ – As we help to bear one another’s burdens, they learn to trust and appreciate us, to again form an admirable ministry partner. ‘Get others to believe the Good News‘ – If we keep this as our common goal, we will work together to achieve the goal for which Jesus saved us – ‘Go and tell the world about Me
Let’s not forget, we must live in a way that brings glory to God and shows the world that we represent the Good News of which we preach and teach!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: When we follow the teaching God gave to Paul for us, we will see the work of our Master take hold and seem enticing to even the hardest sinner. Oh, that Jesus will shine through His children and may He be glorified through everything accomplished by His saints.

PRAYER: You are a merciful Father, for You rescued us from our sin and directed our path to represent You in this wicked and sinful world. Oh, how easily we forget how far You brought us from, so we struggle to identify with others who are traveling the same road as we did. Please forgive us, Lord. Thank You for this reminder today that to be effective in ministry, we must live as You taught us to, and allow others to see in us all that they have learned about You. As they see You in us, Lord, may they also have a growing desire to know You personally and invite You to rule and reign in their lives. I believe that most who will read or listen to this devotional today, will identify with the struggles of the local church. Please let the change begin in us. As we strive to demonstrate all that we know of Your teachings and commands, may others take note and have a growing desire to do the same. Please help us to straighten up and fly right, so that the lost will have hope as they see You evidenced in our lives. To God be the glory, for the great things You have done, and will continue to do, until Jesus returns to take His church home! AMEN!

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What Adds To Your Worth?

The Holy Bible

      As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it.
      But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of.

The Message: 1 Corinthians 12:18–19

Thoughts:

I love the words of Paul as he taught the church at Corinth, who were obviously challenged with working together with each other to accomplish the work of the church. We may sometimes say that they were off doing their ‘own thing’! Paul cautioned that no matter how significant they thought they were, it is only because of the added strength and combined qualities of the body (the church) with whom they were associated with, and worked together with, for the common cause of Christ. So I reflected on the success, or lack thereof, of the local church today. I realize that the primary source of strength for the  local church comes from God. But I also know that we, the people, are the church, and if we are to be collectively effective in ministry for our Lord, then we must make every effort to work as one. Paul likens the church to the human body, in that the hand can’t get across town to do anything for a person in need without the feet to carry it, the heart to provide the blood and every part of the body to do it’s part. Likewise, we must remember that the church will not be productive if we can’t get ourselves together and work towards the same goal of ministry. Think about it friends, if we don’t display love one for another, or if we are always gossiping about other members, how effective will our words – our ministry, be when we go before the unsaved person? Don’t we realize that successful ministry is only possible when the unsaved see us come before them with a clear expression of Christ’s characteristics, and a working part of the local church? Unfortunately, our inability to work together with the local church is a clear deficiency of Christ’s qualities in our lives. I can confidently assure you that it’s not our Brother or our Sister in deep trouble and causing havoc in our lives, but it’s me oh Lord standing in the need of prayer? How is it with you friend? Anything you need to reconcile with God to help you be a useful part of the local church body?

Prayer:

Lord Jesus I plead with you today to touch my heart, and the hearts of Your people who are struggling so much to get over self and truly recognize that they are only who they are because of what they are a part of, as declared by Paul. Father I believe that it is probably more important now than ever before that Christians fully exemplify You, so that the unsaved may catch a glimpse of the Father. Lord, I pray that we might truly unite as a true church, a true representation of You. Please touch Your people once again Lord, so that we may truly set self aside and allow You to reign in and through us to accomplish Your work set aside for the church. I ask this humbly in the name of Jesus, my savior, AMEN!

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