Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Philippians 1:4

always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, (ESV)

Going back to 1:3 to get a running start into 1:4, note the inclusive words: “I thank my God in ALL my remembrance of you, ALWAYS in EVERY prayer of mine for you ALL making my prayer with joy.” The believers in Philippi bring a smile to Paul’s face and a lift to his heart. He always prays for them “with joy.”

People are a pain to put up with sometimes. I’ve heard pastors joke that ministry would be great if it weren’t for the people. Then there’s the rhyme,

To live above
With the saints we love
O that will be glory!
But to dwell below
With the saints we know
Well that’s a different story.

But there are people who are a great joy as well. Sara and I were recently talking about various people at our church who are an encouragement to us in a variety of ways, a lot of them because of their joyful partnership in the ministry of the church.

Imagine you’re at the grocery store, and clear at the other end of the aisle you see someone you know enter. Some people you know, the moment you see them at the end of the aisle, they will bring a lift to your spirits. They are a delight and have a heavenly effect on you.

Then there are others you know who drag you down emotionally. They are complainers, always focused on their problems. If they haven’t yet seen you at the other end of the aisle, you are so tempted to hurriedly scoot to another aisle to avoid detection and depression.

Thank the Lord there are people like the former in our lives.

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