Stand Firm in His Joy
Scripture Reading — Philippians 1:3-11; 4:1
That is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!
Philippians 4:1 —
A local TV station advertises that their news is uniquely prepared for you. In return, it requires a response by you.
Such a bold claim, however, is probably better reserved for the Bible. The good news that joy is Jesus gift for you invites a response by you.
Pauls longing for his dear friends moves beyond social contact to spiritual impact. They are his joy and crown because they stand firm in the Lord. From Pauls warm friendship flows his repeated encouragement that they find their strength in the joy of the Lord (see Nehemiah 8:10). Since this good news is for them, it calls for a response by them.
Its far too easy to forget the main message of grace and revert to old, deadly patternslike trying to earn Gods favor or carelessly putting our hope in the riches of the world.
But what can be seen and touched can also be easily lost or stolen. Believers, therefore, must be vigilant. What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). In the gospel, joy always remains the gift of Gods eternal grace!
Gods good news of joy in Jesus Christ is uniquely prepared for you! What is your response? Will you allow his eternal joy to enter and define your heart?
Dear Lord, I know Satan seeks to take away what you give. Yet I praise you that I already have victory in Jesus. Give me courage to stand firm in his strength. Amen.