Our next series of readings is from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians.
You can read about Paul in Philippi in Acts chapter 16. The community of faith which Paul began was continued to be ministered to by Luke, and at the time Paul writes this letter, is well established and strong, led by Lydia, who hosted the church in her home, and others.
Philippians 1:2-11 (selected verses)
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Heavenly Father, today I have a renewed confidence in You. Help me to see my life the way You see it – whole and complete. Thank You for not only beginning a good work in me, but also finishing it. I ask that you give me the opportunity to make an impact in those around me. Give me the confidence to serve needs and solve problems, and so may I help others become the people you created us to be.