The Inside Column 17/6

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jun 18, 2018 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Some words from my reading this week…

God bless you! What – did I sneeze? No, God bless you… Have you ever thought of what we really mean when we say these words? God uses us to bless.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky  as you hold firmly to the word of life. - Philippians 2:14-16

The church should be a ‘blessing machine’. This is exactly what the church is called to be. That is what we are called to be as individuals as well. It is clear from this passage that there is great joy in being a ‘blessing machine’. We are ‘children of God’ (v.15). We are called to be like our Father in heaven, who loves to bless. It is He who ‘works in us to will and to act according to his good purpose’. We have the immense privilege of being able to give people not just money but ‘the word of life (v16). There is no greater joy than seeing people who are spiritually dead come to life through Jesus. This is the message we have been given to pass on. Paul is willing to give his life with joy for this privilege. ‘But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me’.

Paul then gives two examples of people who were ‘blessing machines’: Timothy, who took ‘a genuine interest’ in the welfare of God’s children ‘and served with me in the work of the gospel’ (20, 22), and Epaphroditus, who took care of Paul’s needs. He longed for the Philippians. He almost died for the work of Christ, ‘Risking his life’ (v.30).

Lord, help us today to be blessing machines. Help us to do everything without complaining or arguing. Help us to be like our Father in Heaven, children of God who shine like stars in the universe. Help us to hold out the word of life to this generation. Thank you that it is so much more blessed to give than to receive. Thank you for the joy of blessing.

Who are you going to be a blessing to this week?

Yours in Christ

Phil

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