Philippians 2:12 – Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence.
The church in Philippi was an obedient church. The believers there followed the word of God in such a way that other people took notice. Paul ministered to this church and taught this church the way they must conduct themselves in this life according to biblical truth. Now that they had accepted Jesus and possessed the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit they had the capacity to walk in holiness. Paul had told this group of believers that they could be confident in the fact that “He who began a good work in them will complete that work until the day of Christ Jesus.” They needed to continue in their obedience without wavering, without giving up. When God sets His mind to do a work through His people, there is no doubt He will accomplish that work. The Philippians were obedient to God whether Paul was with them or whether he was away from them, because they knew their obedience was to Christ and not to Paul. Just as Paul assisted with this church’s obedience, you will have those who will help you stay close to the Lord. However, it is important for you to first submit to God before any other person in your life.
What are the circumstances that cause you to be disobedient? Perhaps you have had another difficult day at your job that has you stressed out and ready to quit? Maybe no matter how hard you try to please your spouse, your plans always seem to go wrong? Could it be that life just doesn’t seem fair to you any longer and things are not what you wanted them to be? Obedience to God is a constant choice that you have to make as difficult situations arise. Yesterday’s obedience is never sufficient for today’s problems. Your challenge for this week is to choose obedience. I am thankful for the people in my life that I can go to when I find myself getting weak and ready to compromise. I am also grateful that I can be there for them when they are having a bad day. We must be there for each other and be ready to assist one another. When you find yourself getting to your breaking point, stop and pray that God would give you strength and then ask for prayer from one of your friends. Remember what Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” May God bless your obedience.