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DEVOTIONS FOR MEN
As our study of Philippians continues, please make sure you read the book your own and let God speak directly to you! Also, if you haven't checked out Matt Chandler's series on this book, you are missing out.
Our ongoing study refers to the three questions we believe all Christian men should ask themselves often: What needs to become part of my life?, What needs to stop being part of my life?, and What is God's big plan for my life? We believe all Christian men should have good answers to each of these--and a battle plan and a band of brothers to help make their "answers" become the next phase of their lives! Today we are looking at one aspect of the third question.
In Philippians 1:15-18, Paul addresses the fact that he is writing from prison--literally in chains for preaching about Jesus--while many other preachers remain free. Not only that, some of them were preaching from selfish or impure motives. Rather than run them down or defend himself, he says, "...that doesn't matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice." (NLT)
Don't misunderstand Paul, here. Of course he is not endorsing selfishness and corruption in "Christian" leaders. The whole book of Philippians is written to mature Christians that he assumes will understand a much deeper truth without a lot of disclaimers. He knew that his life's work was to preach the gospel to Jews and Gentiles alike. He was so sure of his life mission and so focused on it that he leveraged all his forced "down time" in prison to write letters to the churches. Paul knew that he would only be held responsible for what God called him to do. He was grateful for any help in reaching that goal--and he was willing to let God handle judging and rewarding everyone else without any help from him.
So what is YOUR life work? What has God called and prepared YOU to do? What are you doing to reach that goal? Who is holding you accountable to reach it?