Rejoice and Obey
Verse 1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.
Not only is Paul sending Timothy and Epaphroditus to these friends in Philippi, he is sending this message of joy and instruction.
This letter to friends is not just a message of pleasantry and platitudes, this is also a teacher continuing his teaching. Teachers can’t help but teach and Paul was willing to use any method available to carry on the message of growing in faith. This was the mission of his heart. He knew his calling and he was eager to carry it out until his final breath.
Rejoice in the Lord! A reminder that our following the Father isn’t all about laws and sorrow for our sin. We have reason to rejoice. Jesus came to fulfill the law so that we don’t have to live under the weight of our sin. While we should despise our sin in the same way Jesus does, we no longer have to view it as our death sentence. This is the reason for rejoicing. He has paid the price for us, there is no going back.
Rejoicing in who Christ is seems like it should be a natural response to accepting His gift of salvation but the truth is we can easily get bogged down with the struggle with sin that still remains in our lives. This is the reason for Paul’s letter. He is reminding them how to deal with the struggles that come from living in the world. He reminds them that there are ways that they have to be intentional about living as Christ so that they shine in the dark world. But he is also reminding them of the joy that comes with having a relationship with Christ.
There is no joy like that of serving and worshiping the one and only living God. And there is no joy like knowing that you are obeying the One who has called You to be one of His followers. That is why Paul desires to write to them to remind them of the safeguards of living as Christ. He wants to share with them the joy of living in Christ.
Making It Personal
How would you explain the joy of Christ? Does it shine in your life? How can you share the joy of Christ with others?
Making It Personal Kids
Are being happy and being joyful the same thing? What are some things about Jesus that make you joyful? How can you share that with others?
Father, we take joy in You. You alone are worthy of our worship and praise. You have given so much for us and we can never repay but we can obey. Give us the needed strength and wisdom to obey You in every situation. In Jesus’ name, amen.