Do you have enough?
Love – Do you have enough love in your life? I’m not talking about people who love you, but do you have enough in you for other people?
Knowledge – Do you have enough knowledge? General knowledge is great but what we need more than any other knowledge is the knowledge of the Lord. How well do you know Him? We all need to know Him better than we do. That is for sure!
Discernment – Discernment is not a word we hear much these days. It means being able to see clearly things that may not be seen by everyone else – like how God is leading you in answer to your prayer or you knowing upon meeting someone for the first time, that they are not going to be good for you and your relationship with God and that you should be careful or even stay away. Do you have enough discernment?
We continue today, in Philippians 1. Paul re-emphasizes how he misses and deeply cares about the people in this church family and we can also take this letter as our own as believers. He also shares more about how he is praying for them. These are things that we all need in our lives too!
For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
A Wonderful Gift
Paul often prays for His readers in his letters. Have you ever thought about what a wonderful gift it is to have someone who prays for you? It is tremendous. To know that someone is taking time out of his/her busy life to pray for your needs is pretty huge. God makes a person think of you and then He prompts them to pray for you. He answers and everyone is blessed. Even if His answer is “no”, we are still blessed because as we have talked about before, His will is always best for us even if it is not what we prefer at the time. He is so good to us in so many different ways – layer upon layer of goodness.
And how about if God puts someone in your mind to pray for? Well, what a huge blessing and opportunity to be able to share in what God is doing in another person’s life.
The most interesting part is that neither party may ever even know they/you have been prayed for but it is really between the prayer warrior and God anyway. So, when God puts someone on your heart, take that beautiful opportunity and lift them up to Him. He is changing your life and theirs.
To Verse 8:
“For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.”
Obviously, God has kept the Philippian church forefront in Paul’s mind while he is in prison.
“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment…”
Paul prays that we will abound – have plenty to the point of overflowing!
Love (of God), knowledge (of God), discernment (from God) – We all need more than we have just as we need to always be growing. This comes from seeking Him day in and day out. The life of a Christian is to be spent seeking and pursuing God. We will never be finished with this primary task. What a wonderful purpose for living!!!
“…so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ…”
In approving what is excellent, we can make decisions that keep us pure and blameless. Think about our time in Philippians 4:8-9. This sounds similar, doesn’t it? I think he is probably prefacing those verses here in Chapter 1.
“…filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
Paul prays that the Philippians (and us as believers in Christ, too) will be filled with the fruit of righteousness. The next thing is the key to being filled with the fruit of righteousness.
It Comes through Jesus Himself
It, that fruit, comes through Jesus Christ. We cannot plant or tend it ourselves but we can cooperate with the Master Gardener – God Himself. He has planted in the good rich soil – the soil of faith which He put in us first.
What are we to do? When you and I see something in God’s Word that we clearly need to deal with in our own lives, we need to ask God to help us be obedient and to help us not to fight Him as He works on us. We must not resist Him as He makes us more like Him. The things He wants to remove from our lives will bad for us and bad for our relationship with Him so He will work on it until we let it go. The more quickly we let it go, the easier it will be.
There is nothing more wonderful than the Master Gardener pruning away dead limbs and little sucker branches to help us grow so that we can glorify Him more.
Lord, thank You for loving us and showing us more and more of Yourself in Your Word. Help us to cooperate with You as You work on us to make us more like You in every way. Help us, please, to cooperate and be ready to let go of whatever You ask us to let go of. Make us what You want us to be. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
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