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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Ready, Set, Fire"

Date published: 05/01/2011

Philippians 1:20 “Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” (RSV)

Paul’s proclamation shows his readiness, usability, and total faith in God’s sovereignty.


Readiness: When it comes to readiness, it seems we can always use a little more time to be ready.  Yet Paul boldly proclaims Christ will be honored by his life.  Paul is ready to honor Christ no matter what life throws at him.  Paul was ready to be used right then.  Do you live each day ready to honor Christ no matter the circumstances?

Usability: Paul is usable for anything God desires.  Paul does not lay out any pre-conditions — he is ready even if death is required.  Do you allow Christ to use your life for His purposes no matter the cost?  No hold backs — only an unswerving availability to be used by God in any circumstance.  Isaiah 6:8 says, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?’  And I (Isaiah) said, ‘Here am I.  Send me!’”   

God’s Sovereignty: The question of God’s sovereignty in Paul’s life was settled long ago.  Paul had total confidence in Christ, His Word, and His promises even if it cost him his life.  Unfortunately many Christians are willing to live for Christ until a comfort zone, habit, or relationship is challenged. How far are you willing to go with Christ?  Are you sold out to the point of death or are you willing to settle for something less by holding on to those things you count more important than God?  John 12:42-43 “Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him.  But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.”  God wants your all so that He can do His maximum work in you.  Some of the things God requires of you will never be known until they occur.  It is important for you, like Paul, to have settled that God is sovereign and comes first. Begin now in cultivating a relationship with Jesus that allows you to respond as Paul responded in Philippians 3:8 “More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (NASB)

Luke 1:38 “‘I am the Lord's servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said.’ Then the angel left her.” (NIV)