Philippians 4:4-5 “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again – rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.”
How important is that? When we are always joyful because we know the Lord the world sees that we are different. When we say we are Christians and our lives don’t look any different, then the people of the world don’t think God makes a difference. We should be different because we know Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as Lord and Savior. We have joy because we have eternal life through Him and that is better than anything on earth.
We are called to be a light and share the Good News about Christ, how does that look when everything that happens to us makes us worry or afraid? Verse 6 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”
It is so important that we talk to God and have a relationship with Him. We can’t expect growth and understanding when we are not willing to be different and pray. Verse 7 is a key component t verse 6, it says, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
What’s important is that when we live in Christ Jesus our hearts and minds will be guarded. When we live in the world they are not guarded and we struggle more with our own desires and we choose our will and not His. When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and we are working on being different and new creations our thoughts change and we can see what is good for us. Verse 8 says, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
When we are in God’s word and praying and living in Christ we know that we are secure and we act differently in all things and our trials don’t crush us and people see us as appealing because of our strength which comes from the Lord. Verse 9 is so important, it says, “Keep putting into practice all you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
When we open our hearts and let God’s word fill us, the Spirit will lead us and we will continually practice what we learn and be a disciple maker and have peace. Amen