Our little assembly of believers is focusing this week on the topic, “In Christ.” In my last post, I gave a list of some of the things I found using a Bible search engine. As I read the verses where I found the list, Philippians 2:1-18 particularly caught my attention, so I felt God maybe wanted me to spend a little more time in it. The following series will be a gathering together of what I believe He spoke to my heart concerning this passage. I’m not going to post it all today; it’s too long; but here’s a start.
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. (Philippians 2:1-2)
So . . . here’s our conversation, part in pictures and part in words:
Me: “Father, what an amazing passage. Thanks for pointing it out to me; I love it. What do you want to say about it?”
Keep your eyes on the goal — the revelation of the fullness of the expression and manifestation in the assembly of the saints of the Lord Jesus Christ, in all of His glory and beauty, magnificence and mercy and joy.
When I was a young teen, my dad and I made a balance beam. He set it up in the woods down by the lake for me and I used to play on it. I was never a serious gymnast, but it was a fun challenge to try tricks on it. When you walk on a balance beam, you’re supposed to focus on a point straight ahead. The idea is that you’ll go where your eyes are focused. If they’re focused down, well . . . . So this is the meaning of the above picture for me. God does sometimes give me pictures and sometimes I make an attempt at sketching them.
Then He said:
Along the way, I have provided sustenance for you, but you are not to focus on the way. Focus on the destination. On the way: mercy, affection, fellowship of the Spirit, joy, encouragement, consolation of love, thinking the same way, having the same feelings, sharing the same love, focusing on One Goal; Jesus Christ.
God does provide for us, but we’re not to focus on the provision. That’s not our problem. He’s able to care for us if we’ll get out of the way and stop worrying about it. Yes, we do need to be responsible and do the things He guides to do. He certainly uses our jobs and businesses, etc. to provide for our needs, but these are not our source. He is our source. And our goal is not to provide better for ourselves and our families. Our goal is to follow Him and allow His likeness to be built into us.
Tomorrow I’ll post on the next few verses, but meanwhile, I hope this is a blessing to you.
Love in Him, Cindy