Purpose Statement

God Gold of the Day

I was reading through Philippians today and there is so much Gold just in that one chapter! I guess it’s a good problem to run into that there was so much good Word to share that I couldn’t figure out which piece the Lord wanted me to share. Y’all just get ready!!! I will add some verses in throughout the message and leave the whole chapter for you at the bottom so read through it and do some meditating on it! You’ll see why I’m so excited! We may be digging into this for a couple of God Golds or just one, I have no idea what God is going to do but it’s always real daggum exciting!

So when I was reading this earlier, I remembered always hearing Philippians being called the book of joy or the happiest book of the Bible. When I got to reading it, seeing Paul was writing this from prison, I was thinking, how could Paul have joy if he’s chained up in prison??? That sounds crazy right? The more I dug into it I noticed throughout the chapter while Paul was writing to the church at Philippi he kept reminding them of their purpose as followers of Christ. It was kind of like purpose statements that business’ make, for example I looked up McDonald’s purpose statement; McDonald’s brand mission is to be our customers’ favorite place and way to eat and drink.”

You see McDonald’s sticks to their purpose Statement to deliver great (sometimes) hamburgers and drinks to customers. By setting their purpose that helps the workers from cooks to CEO’s focused on what’s important, what they need to do and so on.

Paul gives these Christians at Philippi so many purpose statements;

““You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News.”/Philippians‬ ‭1:7‬

““I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ —for this will bring much glory and praise to God.”/Philippians‬ ‭1:9-11‬

In that statement do you notice how Paul says, “For I want you to understand what really matters.” Paul being the teacher he was, is teaching and reminding them that what really matters, the ONLY thing that really matters is living for the Good News of Jesus Christ. Through their character, their love, their spiritual growth, all which bring glory to God magnifying His name throughout their lives into the world around them.

“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.”/Philippians‬ ‭1:27‬

Paul once again building on the purpose Statement of believers. Live as citizens of Heaven, just as Christ lived even though He was in the world He wasn’t of the world. Live as followers of Christ that breathes the Good News by the way you walk, talk and act. Then Paul lays the purpose on thick, “you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.

You see the key words their, we have just ONE purpose and that is to fight for the faith which is once again, the GOOD NEWS. The only thing that matters is living for Christ and His Good Good News! I know that’s a lot and you’re probably wondering why I keep talking about purpose so much. I just couldn’t understand how Paul could have such a joyful attitude and perspective while he was literally in chains, hanging out in prison? So what struck me was seeing how set Paul was in His purpose for Christ. He called himself in verse 1, “a slave for Christ.” Paul was sold out, his example shows us how the Good News, what that news had done for him giving a guy who used to murder Christians new life, a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Good News was Paul’s purpose and he lived with the Good News as the top priority of his life. He saw the Good News be sooo Good to Him and he wanted nothing more than to share the Good News with others through his example and words so much so he was willing to do whatever it took to get the Good News out.

This is just going right into tomorrow’s God Gold, we’re going to dig into more of Paul’s example here. Why Paul’s perspective was set in joy even though he faced such tough trials and circumstances. His life was set in this purpose Christ has given him and it’s awesome to see what happens and what God is capable of doing through someone’s life who is set, focused and grounded in this purpose for the Good News!

Some questions to ask:

Do you know what your purpose is in this life as a follower of Christ?

On your list of priorities, where does the Good News stand?

Are there things that you hold higher than this heavenly purpose that Christ has given you? If so how can you step away from those things and live in this purpose?

How important is your love, spiritual growth, and the way you serve others?

 

Philippians 1

“This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.
I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the church leaders and deacons.
2May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer
3Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy5for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
7So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. 8God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.
9I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return11May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Paul’s Joy That Christ Is Preached
12And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.
15It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. 17Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.
Paul’s Life for Christ
20For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 21For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. 22But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. 23I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. 24But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.
25Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. 26And when I come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ Jesus because of what he is doing through me.
Live as Citizens of Heaven
27Above 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. 28Don’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. 29For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30We 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.”

 

 

 

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