PREPARING FOR THE DAY OF CHRIST

Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:7-11

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)

We must always live our lives in light of the fact that Jesus is coming again. What will it be like when we see Him face to face? The Day of Christ is coming and we should live our lives as though it is today that we will see Jesus in His glory.

Paul had a special place in his heart for the Philippians (v. 7). He loved them dearly (v. 8) and thus wanted them to be ready when Jesus comes back. So he prayed for them. He prayed that their love may abound more and more. I am sure that he was referring both to their love for Christ and their love for one another. However, love for Christ is what motivates us to live for Christ’s glory and praise. Paul prayed that out of their love for Christ, they would be filled with knowledge and discernment so that they could live their lives in a pure and blameless way until the Day of Christ comes.

This is the prayer we should be praying for ourselves. We need to pray that our hearts will be filled with love for Christ so that we will approve what is excellent. We need to pray that the fruit of Christ’s righteousness will be evident in our lives so that we can be prepared for the Day of Christ.

Lord Jesus, I anxiously await for Your appearance here on earth when You come again in glory. I pray that my love for You may abound more and more, so that I may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless when You return to earth again. May my life be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Your presence in my life. And this prayer is to the glory and praise of God.

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