“1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.”
Hope everyone had an awesome Sunday and praying for each of you today that you have a great week!!!
Excited to share this gold with you today, it’s a little something I learned in church today, a truth from God’s Word that has really impacted me greatly. I’m praying that this truth can impact your life and bring you deeper into your relationship with the Lord and stronger in your everyday walk of faith. Paul says here in verse 1, “Rejoice in the Lord.” Sounds simple enough right? Something we see written all over God’s Word and several times from Paul himself. The pastor today pointed to the context surrounding Paul’s reason for writing this letter. The church at Philippi, whom Paul was writing to, was currently facing some resistance from “Judaizers.” Jewish teachers and leaders who were telling the Christians there in Philippi that the message of the Gospel wasn’t enough, the message that Paul had formerly brought to them that their salvation is in Christ and Christ alone. Christ + nothing else. That’s it.
‘But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. ‘
These Jewish teachers were getting involved telling them that they needed to be circumcised, follow the book of the Torah and do all of these different things. Pretty much they were telling these believers a similar message that the world tells us today, that our salvation in Jesus Christ and our relationship with the Lord is Christ + human ability. The thing about adding all that extra stuff into it, you find yourself trying to earn what Christ has already given you, you find yourself wasting time trying to preform and live out your life perfectly, Christ + anything else = RELIGION.
The truth of this is found in the main point of Paul’s letter to these believers, he is writing to them to share with them the joy that we have in Christ! Religion or anything else we try to add to Christ will always leave you lacking joy. If you haven’t already experienced this or don’t believe it, look back at verse 1, Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord!” Paul talks about how he never gets tired of telling them this because this simple truth is worth hearing over and over and over again. Why? Because “rejoice in the Lord” is the Gospel. It’s not rejoicing in yourself, human ability, religious routines or work, it’s Christ. Rejoicing in Christ alone. NOTHING ELSE! In Christ, you’ll find we need nothing else! Christ has paid the price for us, He has covered our sin, He has risen and given us the opportunity to walk in fellowship with Him as ONE, walking with the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us giving us access to the same power that rose Christ from the grave! Putting our hope and confidence in anything else will always leave us empty, in failure, coming up short.
Paul says to simply, “Rejoice in the Lord.” Rejoice in God’s goodness, put your confidence in who Christ is and all that He has done for us and continues to do every day! It’s crazy how much I spend time adding my past, my abilities, or doing different tasks for the Lord into my relationship with Him but this relationship we have with Christ isn’t based on our faithfulness. If it was, we’d be in BIG trouble! Thank God this lifesaving, life-giving, Gospel message is based all on God’s faithfulness!!! The God who never fails us or holds anything from us! It’s crazy how when we just sit down and stop trying to be saved, instead just rejoice in the Lord, rejoice in the fact that because of Him you are saved, because of Him you have everything you could ever need!!!! As we go into this week let’s shift our focus and where we rejoice, and what we rejoice in! Let’s not add anything to this relationship with the Lord because He is all we need! Let’s put our focus solely on Christ and Christ alone and REJOICE in the Lord!!!! It’s crazy how when our rejoicing goes from Christ and all this other stuff to JUST CHRIST!!! Our view of life changes, our joy is found, we are filled and satisfied completely, our confidence to live and live this life to what God has for us goes through the roof! Rejoice in the Lord and put your trust in Him this week! Can’t wait to see of the joy and confidence to follow in your lives from this awesome, always faithful, and loving God!!!