Have you ever had a coach or teacher who made you feel like you could tackle anything? I remember prepping for my ACT in high school, fretting over how I would do, when Mr. Costello, my World Civ. teacher sat me down and gave me a Coach-Boone-Remember-The-Titans-esque speech. I walked out of that room feeling like Steve Jobs.
That’s what Philippians feels like whenever I read it, especially the verses we read today. Paul reminds us of:
- who we are in Christ
- who our enemy is
- what our best game plan is
- the power of teamwork
- the challenges we might face
- the outcome if we do it right
It’s no wonder many see Philippians as the most edifying book of the Bible. Paul drew his strength from the gospel, and he used that gospel strength to pour back into others. Even in dark days, he knew that Jesus could supply every need. It reminds me of something Billy Graham once said:
“Humanity wants comfort in its sorrow, light in its darkness, peace in its turmoil, rest in its weariness, and healing in its sickness and diseases: The Gospel gives all of this to us.” (from The Secret of Happiness)
As you walk “in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ” today, ask yourself, “Who can I encourage in Christ today?” Who is struggling around you that God wants you to minister to? Take a moment today to pass on encouragement: make a call, send a text, write an email, sit with a friend, etc… Build someone up the way Paul built up the church at Philippi.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor