To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 1:5 (NIVUK): “because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,”
In today’s study, Selwyn tells us that “the word ‘partnership’ is translated from the Greek word koinonia, which is sometimes translated ‘fellowship’ or ‘communion’. The word implies a share in something: to hold something in common – whether an experience or an activity.
The Christian community in Philippi were Paul’s partners in the gospel – his long term sponsors who had helped to underwrite some of his apostolic missions.”
In his conclusion, Selwyn asks these questions: “Have you taken out shares in the cause of the gospel? Are you committed to supporting some special project designed to bring people to Jesus or help believers go deeper with God?”
I think these questions are good in getting us to focus on what we are doing in our Christian communities – there are far too many people, who call themselves Christians but do little in helping others to hear the good news about Jesus – we should be doing a lot more than just going to church each Sunday. And, having mentioned that, the number of people attending some form of church service on a regular basis is dropping at an alarming rate in many western countries.
I have found that it is very difficult to follow Jesus and grow spiritually if you don’t interact with a community of other followers on a regular basis.
I liked the prayer for today: “Loving heavenly Father, help me review my investments in Your kingdom. Show me how I can best empower others through my prayers and my giving. Guide me in this, dear Lord, for I want my investments to yield the greatest rewards. Amen.”