Philippians 4:4-14: God’s Yardstick – Paul
Saturday, January 30, 2016
We continue to look for God’s yardstick in the New Testament.
Paul writes his story of the good news in his letters to Christian communities he establishes, and in the acts of love recorded in Acts of the Apostles. What does he tell us about the measure with which God measures?
Paul urges the followers of Christ to celebrate always . . .
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Paul asks that we share Christ’s goodness with all we meet and in all we do and say . . .
Let your gentle spirit be known to all.
Paul urges the followers of Christ to rely on prayer . . .
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer.
Paul reminds us to put our petitions in the creator’s hands . . .
Let your requests be made known to God.
Paul advises us to focus only on Christ . . .
Guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Paul gives a yardstick that is strong, concise, simple and elegant . . .
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
When we explore Paul’s letters we find a consistent, clear message. This is a yardstick we will want to use. It is a yardstick we will want to share with others.