Daily Devotion on Philippians 1:18-27
Devotion Text: Philippians 1:18-27
Doesn’t it seem like things are getting worse? Every day has a new headline of another disease, another death, or another disaster. Every day brings more temptations, more persecutions, more challenges for Christians. And it certainly isn’t only others in the world! My life is a struggle. My problems seem to be getting worse!
Truly, while we live in a world that is imperfect and filled with sin, we will only face troubles and sorrows along the way. We recall how the disciples acknowledged, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” This side of heaven, it will only be difficult!
As much as we struggle, we can only imagine what the apostle Paul went through: beatings, stoning, shipwreck, severe persecutions, and so much more. Even as he wrote these words to the Philippians he was under arrest in Rome.
Yet Paul had a perspective that we can all follow and adopt. He recognized that heaven would be so much better than this life. He desired to be with Christ and to be in the eternal joys of heaven. But he also understood that living in this world meant living for Christ as a Christian. Jesus was with Paul each and every day giving him strength and comfort, and Paul was able to testify to others about the good news of the Savior. Paul could make the best of his time in this world living for Jesus as he waited to be with him eternally.
So whether we remain in this world of sorrows or are taken to our heavenly home, we can yet rejoice as we follow in Paul’s footsteps and resound the same refrain: To live is Christ, but to die is gain!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me strength and courage to live in this sinful world. Comfort me with the peace of your forgiveness that I may live for you here in this world until I live with you for all eternity in heaven. Amen.
Posted on October 11, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged Church, Daily Devotions, Hardships, Paul, Philippians, Philippians 1, Prison, Prison Letters, School, Sorrows, Suffering. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.