To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):
Philippians 1:1-11 (NIVUK): ”Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus: To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”
The point of the highlighted verse in today’s reading is that the Holy Spirit started a good work in us at the time of our conversion but we were not made perfect. God has commenced a work in us, and will gradually transform us, into the likeness of His Son; as we faithfully follow Him.
Selwyn states: “One thing that has caused great difficulty in the Christian Church is the thought that conversion instantly resolves all emotional problems. This simply is not true. Some people are instantly healed of all their emotional problems, but generally, while we are made anew and given a fresh start, we still need to deal with and work through the consequences of our past. …
How is a wounded spirit healed? First, we need to accept the fact that these things are going on within us and be willing to share a particular matter (in a prayerful way) with another Christian.”
The first step usually centres on the wisdom of accepting that we first must recognise that we have a problem and then to take ownership of it.