<It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.>
The above is the 7th verse in Philippians. What can we gather from this? What can we glean? Paul is imprisoned and it is roughly 60 A.D. He has the whole palace guard under the impression that he is there for the sake of Christ.
We understand that words have a great significance as it tells us that <the power of the tongue sets on fire the course of nature.> With this being said we must see that Paul’s request for all of them to share in the grace God is imparting is huge. He is in a situation where it would be very easy for the evil one to slip in, attempting to unfurl all kinds of headway that The Lord Christ and His Father have made in the life of Paul. He is rebuked in Christ Jesus’ name for self pity and doubt alone could be more than enough to turn this selfless man into a selfish one; He however, through the power of Christ stays his course and loves the church as best he can through Christ.
I would like to ask a question and make a cross reference at the same time. The question is: who is Agur from Proverbs 30? The cross reference is that of fire.
“There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’:
- the grave
- the barren womb,
- land, which is never satisfied with water,
- and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’
Fire is set apart in this list. it seems carnally that these things are tangential; However, it seems that spiritually they have close links. 3 of the things are never satisfied and all four never say enough. Only fire only never says enough.
What exactly does it mean to “set on fire the course of nature”? let’s prayerfully consider these things this week whilst selflessly allowing the fruits of Christ’s spiritual labor in us to benefit Christ’s work in other’s lives.