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DEVOTIONS FOR MEN
As we begin this month's series on Philippians, we would like to encourage you to check out TO LIVE IS CHRIST, TO DIE IS GAIN , Matt Chandler's series based on this book. In the first session, he describes the diverse cultural, intellectual, and economic backgrounds of the Philippian church--and how they had matured into a unified body. Throughout the book, Paul addresses them as peers and co-laborers. Still, he encourages them that "God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ returns" (Phil 1:6, NLT). He buried a lot of great news in that statement and the verses that follow.
First, God Himself is working inside us, and He will not give up. Just like he did with his famous metaphor about the "fruit" of the Spirit, Paul makes it clear that God is the ultimate Source of their love, knowledge, understanding, good priorities, purity, and righteous character. Isn't it a relief to remember that it's not all up to us?
Second, none of us will be truly complete until Christ returns. Don't miss that Paul is praying that they will continue to grow in all of these areas! None of us has "made it" and none of us will ever completely "make it" until then. There is no room for boasting or pride among real men of God--and there is no room for us to be satisfied with wherever we are at this moment. We must continue to grow, to mature, to get stronger, and to become more effective.
What is one "good work" that you sense God doing in you, right now? In other words, what is one thing you feel needs to become part of your life. What is God asking you to do or to begin?