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Philippians 3:17-21 (NASB)
17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. 18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
This is God’s Word for us, today. Reading this, you can actually feel Paul’s sadness toward the people of the world. He is grieving over their desire for worldly things and lifestyles. His warning came with tears for these people and for the church to stay close to Christ. Today, we look at the world and hardly think twice about the destructive nature in things all around us. Our televisions, reading material, popular music, even product advertisements are filled to the brim with irreverent content. They are all trying to sell us on sin-centric products and lifestyles, all of which are detestable to God. Paul said their end is destruction and their god is their appetite, meaning this world wishes to consume and devour everything, including themselves AND us. We were all born with a sinful nature, though God’s Grace sets us apart from the world. That’s exactly what Paul is expressing here. We have Power in our Lord, Jesus Christ, Who is transforming us into His likeness. He is calling us to be disciplined and diligent in our walk, keeping at the forefront of our minds that we are aliens in this land. Our home is with Him. Until we get there, let’s pick up our crosses and start our journey up the mountain.
Question for discussion (or personal reflection): In what part of my walk is God asking me to be more intentional? Where could I be more disciplined/diligent in avoiding worldly temptations? Pray and listen for His guidance.
Oh Lord, We know that we are imperfect people. Expose our worldly desire and give us strength to do away with it. Thank You, Jesus, Amen