Daily Word from Pastor Graham

January 26, 2015

I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.

Philippians 1:12

Do you have joy today? I sure hope you do, because as followers of Christ, God has given us a unique perspective on life.  Christians should be the most joyful people on earth because we have the sure promise that we will see Jesus someday.

One of the ways to gain that unique perspective on life that will bring you the joy God desires for you is found in Scripture. This is particularly true of the book of Philippians, which is all about living a life of joy. The apostle Paul may have been in prison when he wrote this book, but he utters some of the most joyful words that I’ve ever heard. Through the book of Philippians, Paul shows us joy despite his circumstances.

How could Paul be excited about what God was doing in his life when he was going through such suffering?  Paul knew that in his weakness Christ’s power was being displayed. And that gave Paul joy because He could trust God to work through him and to bring about His purpose and glory to the name of Jesus Christ!  

Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came to bring us an abundant life.  We are not promised more years in our life, but more life in our years! The joy Jesus gives us is everlasting, so of all people, Christians should refuse to be beaten down, bitter or defeated by disappointment or discouragement.

Why should we be joyful when we are undergoing physical, emotional, or financial struggles? Again, it’s the unique perspective God has given us.   I pray you will gain the perspective today that God has a good purpose behind every struggle in your life, and that you will rejoice that Christ is in control.