Philippians 1: 1-7
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
Paul had helped start a church in Philippi when he brought the message of the gospel to the Gentiles. The Philippians became faithful supporters of Paul who is now in prison. Paul is reminding them that they are his partners in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we receive forgiveness of sin, we need to be God’s messengers to share this same good news with others; whether it’s through our personal witness of our changed life, financial support of our local church or in support of God’s missionaries. In joy and in prayer, we must all work together to spread God’s grace with others.
Father, thank you for the messenger that you sent to me with the good news of your love and grace for me. Help each of us to share your son with others and help support those you have placed over us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.