WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS?
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
– Philippians 1:3-11
Paul writes to the Philippian church and he tells them “I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you...” Remembrance is the mind and Paul has a single-focused mind — his focus is on Jesus Christ!
Paul remembers the Philippians in three ways:
1. Paul says “I have you in my heart” – these are his brothers and sisters in Christ and he remembers who they are and what they stand for. Paul is a prisoner on house arrest and though he is in a difficult circumstance, he remembers the church…those he loves and thinks about often.
2. Paul also remembers them in his prayers. He says “And I pray“. His prayer is very specific. He prays that their love would keep growing, that their knowledge and discernment would increase, and that they would be able to determine what really matters. Ultimately, he prays that they would be “pure and blameless in the day of Christ” having one focus.
3. Finally, as Paul remembers the Philippian church, he desires that they will be fruitful. He desires that as they focus their minds on Christ and maintain a life of holiness, that they would produce fruit. The fruit of Christians is other Christians.
You see, Paul wanted the Philippians to be encouraged that he was “remembering” and rooting for them. We all need encouragement. He wanted them to know that he was praying for them – the source of our power and strength. And, he wanted them to be reminded that with one mind, focused on Christ they can make a difference!
So many times we focus on the circumstances that surround us. May we be reminded of Paul and despite his circumstances, he was focused on Christ and on the church that he dearly loved!
Pray: Dear Lord, please help me to always keep my focus on You, and You alone, no matter what circumstances I find myself. May I remember my fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ, by keeping them in my heart through prayer and encouragement. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Next Steps Pastor
First Baptist Broken Arrow