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Friday, September 01, 2017

Philippians 4:1 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Joy?  A Crown?  Topics:  2 at end.

“Therefore, my brothers dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.  (AKJV)  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

What might we think of as Paul’s “joy and crown”?  What might we think of today to consider as someone’s joy? crown? 

Might our first thought be that this is something happy and honoring?  Probably so.  Could it be that these folks, to Paul, are something (someone) he enjoys and treasures?  Surely to anyone, joy is a gladsome thing.  We joy in someone; we take joy in something or a happening; we become joyous over a long-awaited outcome’s happening.  We enjoy everything from a great cup of java to a Metropolitan Opera presentation of our favorite production.

Yes, we human beings know how to have joy and to share it with those around us.  The Philippians certainly shared of themselves with their good friend, model and teacher, their mentor the apostle Paul.

But a crown?  Those are reserved for royalty.  Crowns sit upon only very select heads.  Oh, yes, we can all experience a “crowning” moment, in an event that epitomizes something extra special at its zenith.  Winning the national spelling be might be considered such.

But Paul has fellow Christians as his crown.  We can’t really fully imagine what he meant by this; but might we consider that Paul loved the Philippians so much that he considered them as an honored group, even honoring him as crown does a king or a queen?  We know this from these words of his:  They were most extra special.  He considered them to be so favored that in his eyes, they shone like a crown upon him.  Crowns contain great jewels.  These fellow believers were like jewels in a crown.

Most of us as Christians do not consider ourselves in such an honored light.  Perhaps most of us, in our daily service through the Lord Jesus, just consider ourselves as ordinary folk; and we are in many ways.  But consider the Philippian folks.  They probably meant so much to Paul because they were “ordinary” in their service to him, perhaps making themselves very comfortable to be around.  But “ordinary” in Christian ministry is usually anything-but.  What we do in humility may mean so much to someone else that they value us in their hearts as their joy. 

Their crown?  Well, in today’s society, that might not be a ready mind-image; but that doesn’t negate the idea that Christian service well-appreciated might make those who serve seem like jewels in a crown.

However we think of this, we just go on serving, usually never thinking of how we are viewed by someone we serve.  But when we serve to protect God-created human life, down the road somewhere there just may be a family whose little boy or girl is loved so much . . . so much that someone who stood at an abortion clinic may have become a joy and a crown:  for the life of a well-loved child.  Lord, thank You for those who speak of You and a life is saved.

Topics:  Pray for those who witness outside abortion clinics, that their message will be well-received and that lives will be saved.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 09/01 at 03:24 PM
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