Posted by: Mark | November 12, 2010

Philippians 1.27-30 – 3 Questions

Take some time to read and re-read the following section from Philippians and ask yourself the questions that follow:

Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it. Philippians 1.27-30

  1. Do we live as citizens of heaven or earth? Are we actively building up treasure in heaven? Do we think and meditate on heaven or worry about life on earth? Do we treat other Christians as members of our heavenly family or let pride, jealousy and covetousness get in the way of brotherly love and peace? Do we merely seek the best for ourselves in this life or see it as a time to glorify God by actively preparing to meet him in our home country?
  2. Are we intimated by the devil or by others who seek to do evil? Do we fear God or man? Do we fearlessly live for God?
  3. Are we aware that the new testament portrays suffering as something that is normal for Christians? Do we see it as a privilege? Do we seek to avoid it or embrace it for God’s glory?

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Responses

  1. This is really an encouraging message. The very point I like is that ‘heavenly citizenship or citizens of heaven’ because today there so many christians who are christian from the outside but the inner life live a life of worldly people using christianity as a camouflage.

    Those who have got citizenships of heaven can never delink the inner and the outside lifestyle being a christian.


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