Living for the Kingdom
Verse 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,
After discussing his being torn in spirit about dying or staying alive to help them grow, Paul tells them that he will continue helping them grow. Of course this wasn’t going to be a matter of him staying available to them forever. Paul, like us, was human with a physical end, but his ministry would continue after his death.
This truth is important for us to remember, just because we are human doesn’t mean that we should live for this life. A believer has to remain focused on the bigger picture. This life is not all there is and our work in this life matters in the next. Paul understood that the affects of his ministry would continue on with his friends. Of course there is no way he could imagine the impact his letters would have all these years later.
Knowing what we do in this life matters for more than our lives, we need to be intentional about how we live our lives. We should be asking ourselves if what we are doing in life is helping the Kingdom of God to advance. Just as Paul’s working with the people of Philippi made a lasting impact on the Kingdom, our lives should be impacting those around us.
We should be encouraging each other on to deeper relationships with God and each other. Only when our relationship is deepening with the Father can we have proper relationships with other believers. But it takes both of these relationships increasing to make our lives effective to the Kingdom. If we only grow in our relationship with God and don’t engage in life with fellow believers we will only grow personally.
Paul was also reminding his readers, including us, that through it all he will continue in the joy of the faith. He knew that it is easy to get too focused on the work of the Kingdom and miss the joy that comes from the relationships with God and fellow believers. This joy of being part of something bigger than we could imagine. When we are living in community as we are called to, we will be leaving a legacy of spiritual growth and joy as well as building the Kingdom.
Making It Personal
Do you have a growing relationship with God? How are your relationships with other believers? Do you find joy in your faith?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to have a growing relationship with God? How important is it to have good relationships with other Christians? Does loving Jesus make you happy?
Father, please help us understand the importance of living to grow Your Kingdom. Give us the wisdom to know how best to grow relationships with each other that will best benefit Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.