While the group is in Slovakia, I’m going to be blogging their daily devotions. I hope this will allow all of us to be thinking and praying some of the same things they are. Todd has prepared devotions for his half of the trip from Philippians.
Philippians, 1:21-30. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. 27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
Paul’s purpose in living was to glorify God. Paul was struggling with the thought of staying on earth to minister or going to heaven and being with Jesus. WOW. This really shows his love, passion, and compassion for people.
He was selfless, he gave his life for others.
Who is responsible for your conduct? Who sees us? We should live in a way that pleases God.
How do we usually view suffering? Suffering has been given to us by God, is this a gift?
Are you investing your time in other’s lives?
Extra for quiet time:
When you are Not on a mission trip, how giving are you to others with your time? Is there anything in your life that is/could cause others to stumble?
(the way you dress, words you use, movies you watch, music you listen to, etc.)
When trials come, welcome them, and then seek God through them. A trial in your life could be part of God’s perfect plan. Read James 1:1-4.