A Miraculous Bond
Have you ever just really connected with another Christian even though you did not yet know that they were a Christian? Isn’t it amazing how that happens? This miraculous bond that makes you instantly just know each other better? You just feel this connection and then later find out through conversation, that they love the Lord too. Instant friends in Christ – I love it when that happens!! I had this happen several different times while I was practicing real estate. I share a couple below.
One of the times, when my clients were very disappointed, at something that had happened, I told them that I believe that God takes care of His people. I told them I had really been praying for them and that I felt like what had happened was probably Him protecting them. They said they believed that too! Then I told them to call me if they wanted to talk and that I would be unavailable for a time the next day because it was Sunday and I would be in church. They said they would be in church then too! We were all even more excited to work together after that. They were a joy from day #1 and I knew they were special! What a huge blessing their little family was to me!
Another time was with a client that I only got to actually work with a little, but they were moving from out of state. We would meet for coffee just to keep in touch even though it looked like they may not be buying. I did not care because we had this really neat connection. She and I remained friends after I stopped doing real estate and are still friends. I mentioned I was starting a devotional blog and she asked for the URL and gets it every day in her email. After she asked for it, I thought, “I knew she was a Christian!”
It is a God-Thing!
These bonds are a God-thing. It is one of the beautiful ways He blesses us as His children.
Ready to Talk About It
Now of course, because someone goes to church or reads a devotional does not automatically make them a Christian. But those outward signs add together and help us get us to a point when we can actually talk about it more openly.
In a previous devotional, we looked at verses 3-6. Today, we will continue on with Paul, in his letter to the church at Philippi.
Philippians 1:3-8 (focusing on 7) ESV
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
Who Do You Run To?
It is such a blessing to have like-minded friends that you can bear your soul to when you need to. Do not get me wrong, we should never run to friends when we need to run to God. It is easy to do because we can see them and touch them. However, we need to habitually run to Him first. Do I have this as a habit in my own life?? Not even close. So, I need to work on it! How about you?
Let’s look at Verse 7:
“It is right for me to feel this way about you all…”
Paul feels an extra special bond with the church at Philippi because he is their spiritual father – he is the one who introduced them to Christ at the onset of their relationship. He loves them as dear children of his own, I think. And they are also his very dear friends.
“…because I hold you in my heart…”
There again Paul dearly loves these people and they are also a huge blessing to him.
Maybe you have a special relationship with someone who God allowed you to share with, or maybe you have a special relationship with the person who shared Christ with you or who God has used to help you grow. What a blessing!
I hold all of you in my heart!
I really do! I think of you guys throughout the day. I do not know who all is reading this but God does and I pray for each of you that He will draw you close and richly bless your life and your relationship with Him. You all are a huge blessing to me! You may wonder how if I do not even know you are reading this? Because I know that God has called me to do this and I know He does not waste. The people who read this devotional are reading it because He is in control, and He has brought you here. This is very humbling and though it scares me a little, I rejoice in the opportunity to share with you!
It is extra special when someone shares or comments – whether on the website, FaceBook or through email. But I do not do it for shares, comments or kudos.
“…for you are all partakers with me of grace…”
There it is! that common thread – partakers of grace. That beautiful miraculous bond!
Thank You, Lord, that you have poured Your grace out on us so lavishly!
“…both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.”
A Common Purpose
And just like Paul and the Philippians, we have a common purpose – to lift up and support each other and to share the truly good news of Jesus Christ when God gives us the opportunity. May we all be obedient in our tasks and may we carry them out with great joy!!
Lord, thank You so much for Your beautiful Word. Thank You for showing us how to love You and love each other through it. Help us, please, to be what You want us to be and help us to glorify You with all we do. In the beautiful name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.