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 2:20-24 (NIVUK): ”I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.”
I think the question asked by Selwyn is quite challenging: “Permit me to ask a personal question: Are you the kind of person who takes a genuine interest in the affairs of others? One of the reasons why God has put you in the church or group in which you now find yourself is to be genuinely concerned about others.”
As was the case yesterday, Selwyn’s conclusion is worth thinking about: “Paul was confident in the Lord he subjected his wishes and desires to divine approval. ‘In the Lord’ gives a new dimension to everything, for if we have confidence in Him then we do not bargain with Him; we will trust His goodness and His love. He will give us the thing hoped for, or something different – something closer to His purposes than our own.”
Do you live in a way that demonstrates to others, your trust In God’s love?