I’m going to comment on a couple of verses I was reading in Philippians 4 today. You’ve probably heard both of these verses mentioned a lot if you have been in the church for awhile. Phillipians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” I’ve even mentioned this one in my blog about dreams. I was thinking, “It doesn’t say not to think about other things in these verses, so how can I tell people not to think of bad things using this verse only?” I know there are other verses about not thinking about or doing bad things, but I was just thinking about this one specific verse. But here’s the thought: If we are thinking about these things, there won’t be time or space to think about the bad or negative things. Cool, huh?
Okay, second verse we’re focusing on in the same chapter: verse 19: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” I’ve heard this verse mentioned a lot to mean whatever we want it to mean. Pastor Chilly challenged us this past week to think about things we’ve taken out of context in the Bible & I think this verse, although God can do anything & he does love to bless us, is one that is taken out of context (at least by me?) sometimes. If you read the few verses before it, you can see that Paul & Timothy are praising the Philippians for all the help they have received from them… monetarily. So, basically, here’s the thought on this verse: Be faithful to God, & give to those who need it to minister to others, and God will meet all our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Don’t always expect to be blessed if you are not actively blessing others.
Thanks for listening, or, well… reading!