Four Things To Seek For Life

December 31, 2013

Building Faith

The book of Philippians is a favorite for many. It was written by Paul to the church in Philippi and it has a lot to say about our attitude in life. Joy is one of the themes.

Boy looking through as magnifying glass

Seek and you will find.

If you look carefully at the book, you will notice that the chapters more or less organize the thoughts of the book well. These chapter divisions are not part of the original text, but they serve a purpose. There are four main points of the book, chapter by chapter. All of these revolve around the idea of what we should be seeking as Christians.

The first chapter ends with the warning to look to suffer for Christ. Philippians 1:27-30 reads,

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.”

Obviously our goal is not to suffer as a Christian, but if it is what we face, let us learn to rejoice that we are like Christ.

The second chapter tells us to look out for each other. During times of persecutions and trials people may lose faith. We need to be involved in the lives of others and not assume that their strength will always endure. Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Surely if we lived like this the church and the world would never be the same!

The third chapter tells us to look out for ourselves. While the admonition is not to be selfish or put undue emphasis on our own needs, it does tell us to carefully look at our relationship with God.

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind” (Philippians 3:12-16).

The last chapter tells us to look to God for help. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

This majestic book gives us a great perspective on what is truly important in life.

About Jason Sparks

I am passionate about spreading the Gospel. God has blessed me with a wife and two children. I have been preaching full time since graduating Brown Trail School of Preaching in June, 1999 and also have an MA from University of Phoenix.

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