Philippians 1:11

Posted by on Oct 24, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Philippians 1:9-11
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Being filled with the fruit of righteousness comes through Jesus. We know that when we hold fast to Him, we are partaking of all of Who He is. Holding fast is the evidence of our salvation, but is not the source of our salvation. Jesus is the source, the author.
According to Philippians here, we also have as evidence of our salvation the fruit of righteousness. These inner qualities will be obvious to others. Remember the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5? It is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. All of these qualities make up the fruit of the Spirit. Such fruit comes from Jesus abiding in us and it magnifies God, not us. When our lives show this evidence it is to God’s glory!
This prayer of Paul was for those believers at Philippi to grow in Christian maturity. He prayed this for them.
Not only do I pray this for myself and my family, but I pray this for all of us in the body of Christ. The author of Hebrews had this same heart for the Hebrew Christians receiving his letter; that they mature. They were thinking about going back to the old way, the Law. They were suffering because of their Christianity and the old way was looking very good, easy, better. He noticed they were still babies on milk and should be teaching by now, but they had not grown spiritual teeth that could even bite into the meat of the Word.
Where are you? What are you consuming? If you are comfortable drinking milk from a bottle while held in someone’s lap I ask you this. How long have you been in that state? Babies are weaned. Past a certain age it’s just not “acceptable” to see someone on a baby bottle.
If you see someone who should be weaned by now and moving into mashed bananas, then encourage them to get into the basics of Scripture, teach them what you are learning. If someone’s been content on chunky food but has teeth to chew and grind more now, challenge them to take a bigger bite out of the Word. Maybe you are reading this and feel like you are being described. I’m sorry if it hurts your feelings. But, it’s time to grow up into the man or woman of God He has desired.
We start somewhere and Jesus meets us right where we are. But after a point, we should be further along in our walk, in the Word, in our relationship with God and others.
Take a second and ask God to talk to you about this. Ask Him to convict you of your weakness or fear in this area. Ask Him to encourage you in what you are grasping. Ask Him to give you a hunger for His Word that cannot be satisfied on milk. If you are ready to advance to the next step, then let Him know and dig in. Dig deep! He will not disappoint.
SDG – Soli Deo Gloria!

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