Are You Standing Fast in the Lord?
Embracing Your Life as a Child of God
by Veritas Vita 777
“Incidents and events that make no sense at all now will one day make perfect sense—if not in this life, then in Heaven.” – Robert Wolgemuth
Life doesn’t always make sense. I don’t know why some prayers get answered and some don’t. I can’t comprehend why bad things happen if God is a good God. Yet, I still have faith in God. I know that He is in control. He will work all things out for my good.
That simple faith may seem foreign to some people. Yet, that’s okay. My faith in God is a personal thing between me and Him. Of course, as a Christian, I need to be a witness of the Gospel message. However, I am responsible for my faith and walk with the Lord. No one else can help me grow in my relationship with God. Salvation is not a community effort. You and I are saved on an individual basis. Once you’re saved, you need to get connected to a community of believers. But your walk of faith is between you and God.
17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. (Phil 3:17-4:1, NKJV)
Paul notes in verse 17 that believers should follow his example – and those of which he spoke of as examples. He said that there are many who walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction. They have set their minds on earthly things.
I’m thankful that I heard the Gospel message and have accepted the gift of salvation. I know that my citizenship is in Heaven. I agree with Paul’s words from verse 20 that as believers, we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Isn’t it a glorious thought that our lowly bodies will be conformed to His glorious body. In Phil 3:10, you can read that as a believer, you are conformed to Christ’s death. In verse 21, you are conformed to His life.
Right now, in your earthly body, you are susceptible to sickness, disease, and death. Yet one day, God will transform our bodies to look like the glorious, resurrected body of Christ.
Paul ends this section in Phil 4:1 where he urges the believers to stand fast in the Lord. That leads me to an important question to ask myself and you. Am I – and are you – standing fast in the Lord? That’s definitely something for me to think about right now.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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