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 2:19 (NIVUK): ”I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.”
I liked Selwyn’s summary: “Paul’s focus on hope ‘in the Lord Jesus’ was not mere wishful thinking, but a hope that was solid and concrete. He knew, for example, that Timothy’s visit would bring joy to the Philippians and later to himself when Timothy returned with news about them.
Hoping ‘in the Lord Jesus’ meant that he knew good would come of that visit. Remind yourself this Easter season that good comes of everything when we hope in Him.”
The quote from Romans 5:3-5, which Selwyn refers to, is a good one to meditate upon: “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Where I live in Australia, I don’t see a lot of suffering for one’s faith. But today, I’m reminded that some people live in fear of their lives – all the time. The bomb blast in Lahore, Pakistan where about 70 people have died and something like 300 were wounded – was targeted at Christians – although I understand a number of Muslims were also killed.
The hope that these followers of Jesus had in God’s love, who were killed – is now being eternally lived – to the glory of God.