12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
What do I live for? What would I die for? What is worth living and dying for? These are questions that can stop me in my tracks.
Paul lives to see the Philippians become children of God without fault, mature in an immature world. He is willing to die in helping them establish their faith in Jesus.
The joy and gladness that Paul describes in helping others know Jesus makes me think about how I invest the time I am given. I want to live and die for a worthwhile cause. I want to help create stars that shine in a dark world, stars that point the way to Jesus and make his wonderful Name known.
Lord Jesus, may I be given to this cause, no matter what occupation, life stage or circumstance I find myself in. Lord I want to invest into eternal souls, that they might rejoice and be glad with me as we love and worship you together.
Written by Andrew Mellor