Online Midweek 2

In the first chapter of Philippians as the Apostle Paul writes to the Church that he may have loved more than any other Church he writes:

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.
23But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;
24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith,
26 so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.
27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 

Paul longed to be with the Philippian Church much as you and I in this current health crisis long to be with our Church Family and other friends, but the crux of the matter is expressed by Paul in the fiinal verse of our text when he says:

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 

 No matter whether we are together or apart we are called to faithfulness. The word of our faithfulness will get around and will be a blessing and an encouragement to others.

That’s the passive part of that faithfulness and conducting our selves in a manner worth of the Gospel. We also need to have an active part of our faithfulness. James tells us that “Faith without works is dead”

This time of isolation is a time to “get back to the basics”, to in the words of Jesus “do the works you did at first”, to rediscover the blessings of fewer distractions, increased family time and extra time to spend in the Scriptures, prayer and the things of God. Perhaps for some it’s a time to discover or rediscover the joys of reading or some hobby or craft that you always wanted to try but never had the time for. For some this is a time to get caught up on all those projects that you were going to do “someday” or “when I get more time”.   This is also a time to discover new things, new and innovative ways to minister and to be a blessing to those around us. God seems to like it when His people discover and enjoy new things. The Psalms in a number of places as well as the book of Revelation speak of singing a “new song” to the Lord. Scripture indicates that for those of us who are, shall we say, “musically challenged” our deeds praise God. Scripture tells us that when we are in Christ we are a “new creation”. It also tells us that His mercies are “new every morning” and that when the Lord Jesus returns He will make all things new. What new thing can you do to glorify God in this “new situation” in which we find ourselves?