Remain

“But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.” – Philippians 1:24-26

I think it’s often our tendency to pull away from God’s initial calling. It can seem daunting, unrealistic, or impossible. We often have what we want our lives to look like, and instead God comes and makes a move in a completely different direction. What do we do? 

>>Purpose Statement #6: Embracing His calling on our lives gives us purpose in this life, and allows others to basque in Christ’s glory.<< 

Paul’s initial reaction to his calling is not to shy away, but to embrace it. He feels that it is better for him to continue living and bringing the Gospel to others, even though for any Christian the reality of being with Jesus is much more desirable. And he does it for them, that they might experience Christ’s glory. How often do we step off our pedestal so others can receive Christ’s glory? Seems a bit Revolutionary, doesn’t it?

“Why does kindness seem revolutionary / When did we let hate get so ordinary / Let’s turn it around, flip the script / Judge slow, love quick / God help us get revolutionary” -Josh Wilson, Revolutionary

Revel in your purpose. Accomplish His goal in your lives. Make radical change. 

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. … And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” – Romans 8:18-9, 23-25

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