I pray for each one of you every single day. And what I pray for each one of you is unique to each one of you.
But I do not pray for you because I have to or must pray for you. Although, it is true. I must pray for you. Yet, I pray for you because “I hold you in my heart” (Philippians 1:7).
I am leaving in just a few hours and I am taking you with me. I have your names written in a section of my prayer list and will carry that list in my back pocket all the way to Uganda and back.
These trips are like a sabbatical – a time to do something aside from what I do regularly and work, seek counsel, study and pray.
And in the next 14 days, I want you to do something, I urge you to do something: do not forget Philippians 1 and . . .
- Remember, it is far better to depart and be with Jesus. But for you to remain is far better for someone else. Your remaining is to work for the progress and joy in the faith of one another (that one another is primarily the people you are doing church with).
- Hold fast to Philippians 1:27a. “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Only is such an important word meaning, “this and this only;” “this one thing;” or “this one essential thing.” The one essential thing is to live life showing the worth of the gospel.
- Remember, there are effects to this: standing firm; striving; unity; peace/harmony; affection; joy; and fearlessness.
- But also remember that this one essential thing affects others – it affects believers. The standing firm is together; the striving is together; the unity and peace and harmony and affection and joy and fearlessness all describes the experience of a local church that holds fast to Philippians 1:27a. These effects cannot be experienced alone.
- This kind of living also affects unbelievers – it is a clear sign to them of their destruction but also of salvation, your salvation, that is, this is what saved people look like (this is what a local church is to look like).
And so, in these next 14 days be seeking to affect one another, at least one other person in your church. At Calvary there are over 50 people to be affecting. I am urging you to be affecting at least one, be determined that until you depart to be with Christ, that you are affecting at least one other person in your church. It must be someone other than a spouse. And get out of your comfort zone, too, when it comes to this.
We need one another.