Choose Joy

As Christians, we have so much to be joyful about! It may seem like the world is crumbling around us but because of Jesus, we have nothing to fear! We have the distinct privilege of partnering with the Holy Spirit to spread the good news of Jesus right here in our own community. It is an awesome and breathtaking responsibility and one we must not take lightly! Paul tells us our lives should be: “bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:11)

Joy in the Effort

Were you told by your parents to be proud of who you are? How you look? How well you do in school? Yet in Philippians, we are told that regardless of our heritage, our upbringing, our good deeds, we are not to take pride in ourselves but only in Christ Jesus.Paul at one time took pride in his past, his nationality and his religious track record of persecuting the church. Yet he tells us in Philippians 3:7-8a (ERV) “At one time all these things were important to me. But because of Christ, I decided that they are worth nothing . . . compared with the greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”