Posted by: Mark | February 28, 2011

Philippians 2.14-18 – 3 Questions

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

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me. Philippians 2.14-18

  1. Do all things without grumbling or questioning … What should this look like in my life? As God calls me to do things and puts me in certain circumstances what is my first reaction? Do I say things like – thats not fair!! or why me!! or do I take the attitude of not grumbling and complaining and rejoice that God is all wise and is leading me down this path? Is my view of God such that I KNOW that he works all things together for good for those that love him and are called according to his purposes (Romans 8.28) so I can accept what life throws at me as God working out his purposes? Seriously, do I live this way?
  2. … among whom you shine as lights in the world … Am I light to the world? Do I live in such a way that my life is a benefit to the world because I reflect God to it?
  3. … that I did not run in vain or labor in vain … Paul’s ability to be proud in the day of Christ is dependent partly on the performance of the Philippians. Taking this as an example I can reflect on both sides of this coin. For whom can I say this in my life? For whom can I say that I am willing to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith? Or from the other side, who inspires me to greater faith? At no point in this should I idolize that person or let myself be idolized always looking to God who works in me both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

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