We have been invited to experience true spiritual life. A spirituality void of pretense and hypocrisy, and full of God and his love for us. Jesus gives us all access to pure love and we’ve each been invited to experience the fullness of joy by experiencing God himself. Let’s enjoy God.
Main Text: Philippians 3:1-11
This letter is filled with evidence of Paul’s joyous love. This week we consider his repeated command to experience joy in the Lord.
This life of joy is spiritual life—life in the presence of Jesus, being filled with the Spirit of Jesus. It’s what Paul prioritizes above all other pursuits (3:1-11), as the definition of Christian maturity (3:12-4:1), as the key to settling conflicts (4:2-9), and as the secret to every circumstance (4:10-23).
Paul had spent his life piling up religious accomplishments. Yet he found them to be utterly valueless when compared to intimately knowing Christ. Is it possible that our own pursuits and accomplishments might turn out to be just as valueless?
How might you experience joy in Christ this week? Maybe a better starting question is, how might you prioritize knowing Christ above all other things this week? (Here’s a hint: this can’t happen without quiet, seeking prayer. Last week one of our other pastors, Mike Haskew, walked us how he’s doing this in his own life. If you missed it, check it out!)