"And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless,"
Philippians 1:9-10 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: The apostle Paul certainly has a way with words. If we started this Verse of the Day in verse 3, we would see just how passionate Paul is for others who are striving for Christlikeness. Consider this, before his experience on the Damascus road, Paul was passionately adamant that his current course of persecuting Christians was serving God to the fullest. After his experience, Paul’s passion continued, but was refocused to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Oh, that WE would have that level of passion. But, look here… Paul, much like the example of our heavenly Father, is holding out hope that we will stay on the path toward Christ. "That you may be pure and blameless…" What can we take away from Paul’s prayer here, this snapshot into the heart of a passionate apostle? I think one thing we can take away is that faith, hope, and love are VERY REAL and can be even more effective with a passionate heart. How do we become passionate? Those things you invest our time in and cultivate the most, will grow our passion. Is there anything else that can help with growing our passion? YES!!! Our relationship with our Creator. The more we devote ourselves to our relationship with God and learning more about His character, we will experience what Paul is praying here. Our love will overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help us to determine what is best [for the kingdom of God].
Prayer for today: Today, I pray that we would become passionate people for the cause of Christ. That we would be so locked into the heartbeat of God that those around us would have no choice but to see the Christ in us. I pray that as God grows us in spiritual maturity that we would make room for ALL at the foot of the cross.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
God’s grace on you…