To Live Is Christ
I. Christ Is Always
Working For Our Good
- It is important to have
had a time when we totally surrender our lives to Christ. Then whatever
happens, we can believe that He is in control.
- The Philippian Church was
founded after Paul and others received directions from God to go to Macedonia
- Believing God had spoken,
they had the assurance that whatever happened along the way, God would be in
- So, having found
themselves in jail as a result of preaching the gospel, they could have
wondered if this was the thanks they got for serving God?
- But here is where they had
to reflect back on their decision to follow Christ into Macedonia.
- Having the assurance that
their lives were in the hands of God, they were able to look for what He
wanted to do through them while in prison.
- God was indeed with them
and in control because after praying and singing praises to God, Paul and
Silas led the jailer and his household to Christ.
- The rewards were worth the
II. Christ Will Always
Give Us Reasons To Rejoice
- Even now, as Paul writes
this letter he is trying to convince the Philippians that Christ is still at
work with him, though in prison again.
- The palace guard and
Caesar’s household heard the gospel.
- Most of the brothers have
been emboldened to testify more courageously and fearlessly after seeing what
Paul was able to endure.
- Though some were preaching
with false motives, trying to stir up trouble while he is in prison, Paul
could see through this and see what Christ was doing.
- Christ was working beyond
the false motives and was still using the gospel to win others.
- Paul was so in tune with
Christ that he could see how Christ was using every situation for His own
- We, too, want to be so
close to Christ that we can fully understand the nature of trouble around us
and still see Him at work.
- And we can still rejoice,
praying and singing praises to God.
III. Christ Will
Never Make Us Ashamed
- We may not always see the
benefit of what we are going through.
- But we can still say with
Paul that we do not need to be ashamed of how Christ is using us.
- We can be courageous
enough to allow Christ to use us regardless of the outcome.
- Because it is Christ at
work in our lives.
- “For me to live is Christ
and to die is gain.”
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One Minute Bible Studies:
The God Of Second Chances (October, 2005)
But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck
and kissed him. And they wept.