Am I the Best I Can Be?
August 7, 2005
1. In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul expresses his love to them. In (vs. 3), he writes, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you." In (vs. 7), he said, "I have you in my heart." Then again, in (vs. 8), he longs to be with them: "For God is my record how greatly I long after you all."
2. The Philippians were dear to Paul. He loved them as he loved himself. Philippi was a city that held many fond memories. You will remember that it was here where Paul met Lydia and led her to Christ. It was in Philippi where Paul and Silas led the jailor to the Lord, and then witnessed the salvation of his entire family. There was a great bond between Paul and the Philippian believers.
3. Paul is writing from his prison cell in Rome. He is not only expressing his desire to be with them and once again enjoy their fellowship; but he also wanted to make certain that they would continue to grow in their faith. He wanted them to be all they could be for Christ: (vs. 9), And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment.
a. Let me say; the measure of a man is not how successful he is in life, but rather how successful he is with his life. We have but one life to live; and as Christians, we are challenged to grow and mature in knowledge and judgment, in godliness, faith and dedication, and commitment to our Savior. When all's said and done, little else matters. Paul's desire for the Philippians was that they would be all they could be for God, and that's God's desire for us.
ILLUS: Let me ask a simple question this morning. In your own estimation, would you say that you have a solid faith--a faith that trusts God in every area of life? Is your life surrendered to Him? Does he have all of you or just part?
We're going to do a little "self-analysis" this morning. I'd like for everyone to take out a ...
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