I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.
This is the second year that Kristie and I have lived in our own place for Christmas. It’s fun to see how we’re already beginning to establish little traditions that are different from the way either of our parents celebrated the season. One of the greatest differences that I’ve noticed so far is that the Christmas cards come in the mail addressed to us rather than our parents. Walking into our apartment after work the other night, I was surprised to see how many we had received. They were all lined up on our fireplace mantle and, as I looked through the cards, they proved to be a wonderful reminder of family and friends too far away to visit this Christmas.
Although the book of Philippians isn’t a Christmas card, I get the same feeling when I read Paul’s greeting to his old friends. It should serve as an inspiration to us, teaching us how important it is to consistently live a godly life. Paul rejoiced greatly in remembering the Philippians. Their participation in the gospel was not only noticeable, but it was consistent as well, “from the first day until now.”
I wonder how people remember me? When my name comes up in conversation, or when someone finds my picture in an old yearbook, what’s the first thing that comes to their mind? Do they remember my witness for Christ? Do they laugh or do they simply keep on turning pages? While the responses will very depending on the level of friendship I had with them, it is my hope that all who remember me, will remember me as a godly individual. This will never be possible if my godliness is not as consistent as that of the Philippians.
I challenge you to think of your future today. Make it your goal to live a godly life twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. Most importantly, remember that in doing so, it’s not as much for your own remembrance as it is for Christ’s.