Scripture: Philippians 2:12-16 (ESV)
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Explanation: “Therefore” is a big word in Paul’s letters. Whenever Paul uses this word, he is about to tie two ideas together. What follows the “therefore” is the second half of a cause and effect. Paul says that because Christ lived a life of humility for the glory of God, the church should be obedient, not just to impress Paul, but because it glorifies God. Because the truth of Christ’s life and death is so special, amazing, and important, it will change our lives and give us new purpose to live for God’s glory. And for Paul, the Philippians grabbing on to this idea and living it out is all that He lives for.
- What is one thing that stands out to you in today’s reading?
- How often do you find yourself grumbling or complaining?
- What are some practical steps you can take to grumble and complain less?
- What impact do you think changing this behavior might have on your life?