Daily Devotion on Philippians 2:1-11

Devotion Text: Philippians 2:1-11

What does the life of a forgiven Christian look like?

The best way to describe it would be, rather, what it doesn’t look like. Namely, it doesn’t look like the life of an unbeliever. In Romans, Paul talks about repentance and forgiveness and concludes with “Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase?” It’s a rhetorical question, and his answer is translated in our Bibles as “By no means!” In the Greek, that response is the strongest possible negative that can be constructed. You could translate it as, “By no means, not at all, not even a little bit, don’t even think about it!”

Christ has died to pay for all of your sins and has risen as a true testament to that fact. Why go on sinning?

Instead the life of a forgiven Christian looks completely different. The life of a forgiven Christian is not selfish but selfless. The life of a forgiven Christian is not vain but humble.

In grace, the life of the forgiven begins to look a lot like the life of the forgiver.

The theological term for this is sanctification–literally, “to make holy.” Sanctification can only happen once forgiveness (justification) has taken place. It is the natural extension of that forgiveness as, only through God, we seek to do what pleases him in joyful response to all he has done. It does not make us holy so that we can earn forgiveness, but rather it makes us holy in response to the forgiveness already won for us.

Sanctification is a process that continues every time you are connected to God through his Means of Grace–the Word, the Lord’s Supper, and Baptism–and it will continue to change us as we march toward heaven to find its joyful completion as we’re connected to God forever.

Prayer: Dearest Jesus, make me more and more like you each and every day. As master of all, you made yourself a servant. As God of all, you made yourself a man. Innocent, you died for my sins. I could never repay the debt you have forgiven. Thank you. Crush my selfishness and my pride. Direct me to the needs of others that I may serve them. Keep me and all believers united with you and with one another until we see you face to face in heaven. Amen.

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on October 20, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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