Prayer: Lord Jesus, teach me to love as you love through your Word. Amen.
I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit…(v. 27)
Our devotion writer relates a story of her grandson’s soccer game where the entire team linked arms and made a wall when defending their goal. They were standing firm!
What is standing firm? Our devotion writer explains; “What a difference it makes when tow or more join together in purpose and spirit. Just as Paul admonished the Philippians to stand with each other as they lived out the gospel, so we need our church family to walk and work side-by-side with us. Not only do we gain strength from other Christians, but those connections keep us accountable. When we’re linked up with others as we walk in faith, it’s much harder to stray from godly paths.”
This is another good argument for belonging and attending a church. We need the association with our brothers and sisters in Christ to learn, to share, and to be accountable. We need the linkage with other Christians to help us learn how to be better Christians. Participation in worship, bible study, choir, small groups and other ministries, we learn, we share, we bond.
According to our devotion writer; “Let’s unite with other Christians to make a wall, and stand firm as we live ‘in a manner worthy fo the gospel of Christ’ (v. 27)”
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, help me to stand firm with my family of believers. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23 I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 25 Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, 26 so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
27 Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28 and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. 29 For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well— 30 since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.