PARTNERSHIP IN THE GOSPEL

Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:1-11

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all , making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5)

Paul wrote this letter to the believers in Philippi while he was in prison in Rome. The primary purpose of the letter was to encourage the believers in Philippi and to thank them for their ministry with Paul. Paul fondly remembered the Philippians in joyful prayer and thanksgiving for their partnership in the gospel with him.

We must come to realize how important it is to be involved in Christian community. During the Covid-19 crisis, I have deeply missed fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Paul was separated from the believers in Philippi by imprisonment. But, he fondly remember them and prayed for them. Likewise, we may be separated from one another, but we can pray for each other during these difficult times.

We know that God is at work in us — “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (v. 6). We need to pray for one another as Paul prayed for his brothers and sisters in Philippi — “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” (vs. 9-11).

We all share in a partnership in the gospel We are all partakers of God’s grace (v. 7). Even though we may be separated for a season, let’s continue to pray for one another and encourage one another. We know that God is at work in us and will continue to do a work in us until Jesus comes again.

Lord, I am so thankful for my brothers and sisters in Christ. I have missed being in fellowship with so many of them during this time of crisis. Thank You for the work You are doing in our lives. Thank You that though we are not together as often as we once were, we can still pray for one another, encourage one another, and be thankful for one another.

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