Friday, November 1, 2019

Philippians 1:20-21 NIV 2011

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Paul wrote to the church in Philippi most likely while in prison. Thanking the faithful, he was transparent as he wrote about his situation. To deny Christ and be free of imprisonment was a possibility. His words in Romans 8:10b affirm his personally held belief, “And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” Paul chose to look beyond the circumstance and relish in his goal of remaining in Christ. He counted the cost and confidently chose Christ. Confidence in Christ is every believer’s consistent insightful choice.

Just when I think I’m doing a decent job, I read Paul’s words and feel so inadequate. Almost immediately after He met Jesus, persecution began. Even while imprisoned he continued to write to the faithful. His eyes were constantly focused on the cross and it’s cost. Banishing the thoughts of inadequacy, I focus on who I am in Christ. The Lord has never let me down nor has He let me be ashamed of my identity in Him. I have confidence in Him daily, consistently making faith-based choices to follow Jesus Christ.

What guides us to make faith-based choices?

Confidently looking to Christ,

S

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