Unlimited: You Can Safeguard Your Faith
Jan 17, 2020 1101
Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith (Philippians 3:1 NLT).
Faith in Jesus is a precious thing, but it can also be fragile if we don’t safeguard it. If you ask most people how you should safeguard your faith, they might tell you to read the Bible, to pray, to go to church, and to serve others. These are all important.
However in his letter to the Philippian church, the apostle Paul gives us a surprising answer to what we should do to safeguard our faith. The advice that Paul is giving us is that if we rejoice in the Lord, we will safeguard our faith. In fact, our first response, whatever happens, should be to rejoice in the Lord. That way, our faith will stay strong.
That goes against our natural reaction to the bad stuff that happens in our lives. Our first response is to worry and to stress.
But Paul says that if we rejoice in the Lord, our faith will stay strong. He says it over and over again in his letters. And when something is repeated so often, perhaps we should pay attention.
In spite of our circumstances, if our focus is on the Lord’s goodness to us, our faith will stay strong. If worrying were helpful, the Bible would say tell you to worry. Perhaps it’s time for less complaining and more rejoicing?
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Start a gratitude journal. You can write as much or as little as you like, but try to add a new reason for being grateful to it every day. Your gratitude journal might become a great basis for your rejoicing!