Having planted the church on Philippi, Paul encourages and cautions his spiritual family in the area of spiritual maturity and devotion.
Reading and observing Paul’s letter to and heart for the church with the word “devotion” in mind, I’m discovering many characteristics linked to his devotion.
Philippians 1:7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
- We re called to devotion to our spiritual family, church, community.
- Circumstances shouldn’t determine our devotion for one another.
- The affection of Jesus is our bond to be devoted to each other.
1:9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.
- Others relationship with Jesus, their fruitfulness, spiritual growth/maturity is the focus of our prayers.
- Devotion includes endurance and holy living until meeting Jesus face to face.
- A devoted life lives to glorify God.
1:12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.
- Our devotion in all circumstances advances the gospel.
- Our devotion in adverse situations encourage others to be bold & fearless.