This summer New Anthem has been exploring the book of Philippians and how this simple letter from Paul written to a church roughly 2,000 years ago has radical implications for believers today. This series will take us through June if you want to join us, but I thought I might share a profound truth from my own study.
One of the most difficult concepts that permeates throughout not only Philippians, but the entire bible, is the idea that God is in love with us. He actually, genuinely, likes you--right now. And because of that, He’s constantly working for you.
Philippians 1:6 tells us that, “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” 2:1 says that the Holy Spirit actually participates in our life. 3:12 reassures us that Christ Jesus has made us his own. 4:13 reminds us that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.
So why would God want to love us? Why does God work for us? It certainly can’t be because of what we’ve done for Him. Chapter 3 tells us that our good deeds are like crap compared to the perfection of God (3:8). So how can God be on our team?
Well as 2:13 records it, God works in you, “for his good pleasure.” And his good pleasure is ultimately found in giving you the gift of His son (2:9). In the end, God is helping you right now because you bring Him joy by living like His son (1:27). And He wants you to enjoy Him as much as He enjoys you.
So remember, “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (4:19) In case you’re wondering what that word “every” means in the original Greek text, it actually translates, EVERY! God loves you so much that He made a way to get right with him and once you do, He will supply every need of yours. “To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (4:20)