Lent Devotional in Philippians
"For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose."
I have the joy of working together with fellow believers around the world as they seek to share Christ with others. As we collaborate together virtually, we share the same joyful, common purpose which the Apostle Paul commends to the church in Philippi - obedience to Christ. It is a priceless gift to enjoy the fellowship of the faithful.
Yet, each one of these partnerships is also the crucible to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12). It can be humbling to figure out how we can obey and honour Christ in genuine unity. We must take up the work of getting along, putting others' needs before our own, setting aside rivalry and being servants of the gospel.
I’m so grateful that the Apostle Paul, not wanting the Philippian believers to despair in their efforts to obey Christ together, added verse 13. Don’t forget, he says, it is God who works in you (plural)! In our mutual obedience to Christ, it is God’s strength and energy which propels us towards his good purposes.
So as we reflect on God’s goodness to us in Christ this season of Lent, I encourage you to think of a small group member, a Christian friend or a ministry partnership which you have persevered through godly wrestling for the sake of the gospel. Praise God for these holy moments together!
Father in heaven, thank you for this incredible promise that you will fill us with your strength as we seek to follow Christ together. Please help me to be humble and faithful. Would you draw me towards your good purposes today? Amen.
Written by Louanne Enns, Operations Manager
Louanne puts her years of experience in administration, both in secular and Christian organizations, to good use at CEM. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Louanne now lives with her husband in London.
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