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?