Philippians 2:14-17 presents joy in several ways. My joy is increased:
- godly character leads to joy in my life because of Christ’s work in me.
- sharing the gospel and investing in others brings joy.
- mutual joy is to be had for both you and me over what Christ is doing and will do in/through us both individually and as a group of believers.
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” Paul is continuing in these verses with the conclusions he made about our lives due to Christ’s power, sovereignty and sacrifice in Philippians 2:5-11. Ours is to be a life filled with integrity and humility as we strive to live together peacefully, in harmony, and shine as a light in the darkness for those who do no know Jesus. The gospel we offer, sometimes at great personal sacrifice, is a light holding promise of eternity for others. Paul says he receives joy as he looks at their lives and his own in light of eternity and work done in Christ’s name. He also claims joy that knowing other believers, working with them in ministry as he sees the work of Christ in his own life and in their lives. This brings mutual joy and gives him cause for rejoicing.
What about you? Do you rejoice in the growth you see in your own life as you strive daily to be more and more like Jesus? Do you feel joy when you share the gospel of Christ with others or take advantage of the opportunities God provides to praise and glorify His name? Do you have joy when you work with others in ministry for both yourself and those you are working with? Paul says all of these circumstances should bring us joy. I pray that you will see each of these in your own life and praise Him for the joy He brings!