“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.” Philippians 1:27-30
Paul was writing to Philippians to encourage and instruct them. Part of this was to remind them of the calling they had individually and collectively as a church. They were doing a great job in being faithful followers of Jesus. Paul wanted them to keep doing that. He wanted them to stick together.
He also reminded them that part of being a follower of Jesus was that we have to endure suffering. Jesus suffered and as we follow after him, we will deal with suffering as well. But the great news is that He has gone before us and knows what we’re going through. So as we go through tough times, we can trust we are not alone in that.
So as this week goes along with its ups and downs, let us be encouraged to keep doing good & serving Him.