Philippians 1:12-14, 19-21
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly… for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

At our Bible study last Sunday, we learnt about the issue of complaining. The Israelites complained about how they missed their cucumbers and leeks back in Egypt and so God gave them so much manna and quail that they were repulsed by it. I fear that as a human, I will always be a complainer, a moaner and when asked what I want, I will always ask for things I desire. When we seek God, we are always asking and demanding and the focus is always ‘I’. Why is Paul’s motivation so different from ours and are we expected to be as insane as he was for Christ?

Paul talks about suffering as a blessing as did Jesus. Without suffering Jesus would not accomplish the greatest sacrifice of all and so also without suffering we cannot surpass the greatest challenge in our lives, US. We are instinctively selfish and care only about ourselves and our wants/needs/desires. However, when we are saved by the grace of God, we no longer belong to ourselves but to Him who saved us from death and destruction. We owe our lives to Him. In order for us to become like Him, we need to shed ourselves and that can only be achieved through total submission to Jesus Christ. That submission will cost us dearly but the reward is eternal. Are you in it for the here and now or are you in it for eternity? We cannot have the best of both worlds because Jesus reminds us that we cannot serve 2 gods at one time.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me

Comments
  1. This fits so perfectly with what God is doing in my heart. The dying to self. I think I want it to be like a one time thing, but instead it is a slow process, always more that needs to die off in me. And it’s a good thing, because He is with me in it! 🙂 God bless you, Vineet, for sharing His heart with us today! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie, It’s taken a few days for me to respond to your comment because I’ve been busy with work and home. Hoping to find the time to be regular with visiting your blog and those of my other friends to be encouraged and to encourage back. Thank you for agreeing with the message and concurring about how we need to die to self, not just once and for all but continually. When God places His Holy Spirit in us, the cleansing process begins and does not end until we are face to face with our maker. Praise God for working things in us to prepare us for the future rather than leaving us to our own devices. Blessings, Vineet

  2. Dr.Supreeta Williams says:

    wonderfully written, i belong from a gospel preaching family, it means so much to read the gospel.
    when we die god is projected out that is it. Supreeta

  3. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    As always, a very important message. I am always trying to remind myself that I need to die to self, in order to be in Him. One thing I have to also constantly remind myself of is that dying to self, it is a continual thing, over and over, not a one time thing. Dying to self is a daily thing. God Bless
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim, You are spot on about how dying to self is not a one time occurrence but something we constantly need to do. Shedding ourselves is certainly hard and our egos take a real bashing. Blessings, Vineet

  4. Rani John says:

    Vineet,

    This is something which God is teaching me for past few months…Dying everyday for Him is not that easy but…I feel that we need to very concious about this every moment of our lives and think and act from Jesus point of view…I have to say…I have failed many more times than I had victory…but I’m glad that He has not given up on me and still is working on me…

    Thank you so much Vineet…
    God Bless,
    Rani

    • ServantBoy says:

      Rani, You were so right in stating that you’re glad He has not given up on you and me and as I walk with Him daily, I realize that He knows our weaknesses and understands our frailties and will love us until the end always mercifully forgiving us. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Blessings, Vineet

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