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 4:20-22 (NIVUK): ”To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.”
These are the bits that I liked in today’s study: “The thought of God’s gloriously lavish giving moves Paul to a characteristic burst of praise: ‘To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.'” When was the last time you cried out to God, in a burst of spontaneous praise? It’s a challenging question don’t you think?
Selwyn tells us that Caesar’s household, refers to members of the civil service or government administration in Rome (where the letter to the Philippians was written). He concludes with these words: “Paul’s greetings give another glimpse of the extraordinary interconnectedness of all who love Jesus. A ‘network of grace’ is set up when Jesus changes our lives. If you are in a Caesar’s household (a difficult and challenging environment for a Christian) today then take heart. You can be sure God will touch someone’s spirit to intercede for you.”
In a sense we all are in a foreign environment controlled by Satan; thankfully we have the Lord’s protection and the prince of this world has no hold over us, unless we give him a foothold!