"Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me."
The Lord commanded us through Paul to live so we will shine as lights in the world. We do that by holding fast to the Word of life by faith in Jesus Christ. Paul tells us in verse 16b that there is a Day of Christ.
What is the Day of Christ? It is the return of Christ to establish His rule and reign on earth.
Paul lived and carried out his God-given assignment so that he could be proud that he did not run in vain or labor in vain. Paul did his assignment wholeheartedly. He gave it everything he had.
He didn’t want praise from man. He was content to be poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of the Philippians’ faith. He was not worried about getting credit from man, but solely satisfied that he pleased Jesus.
He was able to rejoice with the Philippian Christians because of what Jesus was doing among them.
Questions to reflect on:
Are we living to please Jesus Christ alone?
Are we doing everything we can so that we can be proud that we did not run or labor in vain?
Are we willing to be content with Jesus saying “well-done” and not crave the praise of people?
Are we rejoicing in the lives of the Christians around us for what Jesus is doing in their lives?
If we the answer is yes, we are living the abundant life.
If we are not making every effort to carry out our God-given assignment in the home, neighborhood, workplace, community and church, then we are sinning. If we are desiring to get credit for what we did to help others, then we are sinning. If we are not content pleasing Jesus, but want the praise of people, then we are sinning. Ouch.
Sin robs us of abundant life. We deal with our sin by repenting of it, confessing it to the Lord and receiving His forgiveness. Then, we attempt by faith to do our assignment wholeheartedly in order to be proud in the Day of Christ that we did not run or labor in vain.