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 4:9 (NIVUK): ”Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
I think one of the biggest issues for Christians in the western world is to follow Jesus’ example, by doing those things which demonstrate that we are His disciples – and, the main focus of our work for Jesus, is to make God known.
Selwyn writes the following in today’s study: “Paul was apostle, spiritual father, friend and mentor to the Philippians. He wrote this letter straight from the heart. It was written out of love for them and to promote their spiritual progress. He has just urged them to fill their minds with good things; now he wants to remind them to do, as well as think, good things. …
If the Philippians practise what they have heard preached by Paul and seen exemplified in him and in others then the peace of God, says the apostle, will be with them. And so it will be with us.”
The various letters written by Paul were designed to be read by the early church, and also by us. The spiritual truths they contained are not altered by the changes in culture that have occurred over the centuries.
The call to love God and to love all humanity with all our heart, mind and spirit is as valid and necessary as it was two thousand years ago – to love our family, friends, neighbours and community (including the global community) requires action by us. There is no escaping this fundamental truth. Yet many turn a deaf ear to the call for Christian action.
Why, I wonder?