Philippians 3:17-21; 4:1
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven.And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. 4 1Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
In order to gain a fresh perspective on our faith journeys, especially during this Lent season, we need to simply come to God, with a desire and commitment to serve, love, and live in the way Christ showed us. We need to be open to the many ways by which God will use us in this world, and focusing on that will give us a renewed perspective on what the Christian life is all about. Again, Lent is the perfect time to refocus. It’s the perfect opportunity to be introspective, to look inwardly at who we are, sinful human beings. It’s also a time to be outwardly focused, a time to pray, fast, and to worship God, remembering who God is, and how much we need His forgiveness and mercy. So with these thoughts in mind, let’s turn to our Scripture verses from the book of Philippians and learn more about the Christian life and our Christian journeys.
Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
- What is the Christian life all about? What do you feel is God’s calling for your life?
- Who are your role models, the people who’ve inspired you to live for Christ? In what ways have you been a role model to others?
- What does it mean to “hold firmly” to your faith?
Lord, allow us to understand what Lent is all about. Thank you for the good Christian examples you’ve provided through the people we meet, and through your Holy Word. Give us a renewed perspective on what it means to live for you, and let us hold firmly to our faith, so we can become people who please you and glorify your name. Amen.