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Philippians 3:1-3

“Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.”

 

Paul starts this section of scripture with a command to rejoice in the Lord. There haven't been too many commands so far, just the charge to live worthy, put others first, work out salvation, and don’t complain. Now he charges the Philippians believers to rejoice in the Lord!

Why can we rejoice? Because, as he says in verse 3, Christians are “the circumcision” –basically just saying that we are God’s people! That is good news. We don’t have to rely on obedience to the law to become God’s people, as he points out in verse 2. We are made His children by the work of the Spirit. 

Paul also calls them to not put their confidence in the flesh. That’s something that should resonate with us in these times. Our achievements, jobs, schedules, routines have all been stripped away. We can’t rely on these daily things that seem so certain. On the other hand we can’t even show up for church to prove how “holy” we are!

So instead of needing to prove ourselves to God, or relying on our own efforts to become God’s people, we see two things that make us His people. We worship by God’s Spirit, He is the one expanding our hearts to love Him and hear Him and speak to Him. And we glory in Jesus. He should be our priority, what we build our life on. 

Let’s take this charge to rejoice in the Lord seriously during these times. Our source of joy is found in the truth that we belong to God! He has made us His own people. How can we listen to God’s Spirit more today? How can we glory in Jesus?

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