Rejoicing in the Glory of Christ

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 1:15-18

I am not a fan of the

Left Behind
novels. This series is based on a very literal premillennial view of the end times-the rapture, the great tribulation, and the battle of Armageddon, followed by the millennium and the final return of Christ. I interpret the Bible differently. But I will not expend any hostile energy criticizing these books because I know they have led many people to reflect on their lives and then fall on their knees, accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord. If Christ is being proclaimed and people are being saved; I will rejoice!

Paul felt something similar. He was in prison, and some of his enemies were using the opportunity to criticize him as a person. Maybe they were even claiming that his chains proved God was not blessing his theology. Their attacks caused Paul intense pain.

Yet he knew that through the preaching of these enemies, people were coming to a knowledge of the Savior and asking him into their hearts. Insofar as Christ was being glorified, regardless of how much he felt personal hurt, Paul rejoiced. Let that be something we all take joy in-the glory of Christ and the advancement of his kingdom.

written by Verlyn Verbrugge

PRAYER

Lord, help me to put myself and my feelings in the background so that the glory of Christ may shine forth. Amen.