Philippians 2:12-18 is my next devotional reading. It is titled, “Shine brightly for Christ”.
In verse 12 he says, “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear”.
In this passage Paul encourages the Philippians to continue on living right. He says they did well when he was with them, but it is important to keep it up while he is away.
As I read this passage it took me back to my primary school days. When the teacher was in the classroom with us, everyone behaved well. When the teacher left us alone, some of the kids (including me!) misbehaved. We would all sit down nicely before the teacher returned!
So the Philippians stayed on track while he was away (unlike my school friends and I!) Paul urged them to…
– Work hard to show the results of their salvation (v12)
– Obey God with deep reverence and fear (v12)
– Do everything without complaining and arguing (v14)
– Live clean, innocent lives as children of God (v15)
– Hold firmly to the word of life (v16)
If they continued to do these things Paul knew they would be on track. He wanted them to be a witness to the world in the way they lived. He wanted them to shine brightly in the midst of the crooked world around them.
So today, let us remember to shine brightly and be a good example in the way we live. As we do remember “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (v13).