Wednesday, November 21, 2007

It is for today and for God’s glory

In my last post I discussed Paul’s desire that the Christians in Philippi would grow in their love by an increase in knowledge and insight. In verses 10-11 Paul presents his reasons why this is important.
So that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:10-11.
I think Paul is making some incredible points in these verses. First, he is presenting that our actions, what we do, and how we live life all matter. We aren’t supposed to simply be mostly moral and ethical. Our lives shouldn’t have even the slightest mixture of evil in with the good of God.

Second, he is proposing that being a Christian isn’t a virtual reality. The ability to live pure, blameless, and righteous lives right now is not just a fairytale; it is possible and actually expected. Paul isn’t talking about displaying the fruit of righteousness when we die. Rather, he is talking about it being evident in its fullness today.

Finally, why live this way? Why does it matter? Because it brings God glory. Simply put, God is glorified when we live pure and blameless lives exhibiting the fruit of righteousness.

By the work of Christ Jesus and the grace of God, this is how our lives can, and should, be right now. That is exciting and great news; may it be so.

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