Intro to Chapter 3
Philippians 3 is an incredible motivating passage of the Bible. Paul has built a solid theological foundation in the first two chapters and begins to build on that with practical concepts on how to construct our lives upon that foundation. One of the major themes in the book is joy and you can see that woven through each thought as Paul show us a victorious life.
Each on of us is striving toward something. What we will find is that when we begin to live as Paul describes, we will find the satisfaction and significance that we have always wanted. We follow Christ because He is worthy and then He pours out these amazing blessing into our lives. Paul is going to begin to break down these important concepts to living that kind of life.
Each video below will dive deep into a portion of the chapter as we begin to unpack it's truth.
"Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you."
Are You Expressing Joy?
In Philippians 3, Paul begins to describe a divine joy in action. This is a pattern in Paul's writing. He begins with a theological argument or basic building blocks of a world view. He then transitions to practical commands that can change us. As we move into the next two chapters we will find that the theme of joy is not a passive process. Joy is active and requires us to be involved.
Paul has already given this instruction to the church at Philippi, but he says it is always good to review things like this. It is beneficial to keep these things fresh in our minds. Starting with a command to rejoice, he gives valuable instruction on living a full, satisfying life.
"Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;"
Don't Let Others Steal Your Joy
The sad reality is that some people enjoy behaving badly. There are those who would rather attempt to steal your joy than to pursue their own. It is important to know how to handle the opposition that will come your way. If we are not prepared, this group of people can really bring you down. In the next few verses, we are told how to deal with those who would like to steal our joy. This is so important. The believer has an incredible reason to have perpetual joy. Eternity is settled and God provides for today. Don't let anyone take the fruit of that joy in your life.
"for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,"
What Do Authentic Believers Look Like?
In contrast to those who would like to diminish joy in others, how are we supposed to live our lives. I believe that a lot of people would say that they really wanted to live a life of significance and joy. Most Christians seeking to follow God want to see their lives accurately reflect their beliefs. Sometimes, however, we lack the examples of people who live authentically godly lives. In the next section of Philippians, Paul gives us a glimpse of how authentic believers should behave. No matter how much times may change, there are certain attributes of a believer that should remain the same. In order to change the world, we must first be changed ourselves.
As we work our way through chapter 3, we see our lives in the context of God's great plan. Each one of us has a goal line. We are all pressing toward something. Are we pressing toward things that matter? What are we doing today that will be significant when Jesus comes back? I find myself working and worrying about things that are really insignificant in the scope of eternity. I think we all do this. We spend a majority of our time investing in things that will not last. The challenge for us is to find our God-given goal and press toward it will all of our strength.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Comment below on what you are striving for and how you press toward it.