In Philippians 4:2-9 we are called to rejoice in the Lord. The Apostle Paul was being held as a prisoner in Rome at the time he wrote this. There is a lot of bad things in our world today. It was the same in Paul’s day. Immorality was rampant in the Roman empire, Nero was the emperor and was a very evil man. In the midst of this Paul calls us to rejoice in the Lord.
No matter how bad our world gets, we know it will not last, for Christ has conquered all the forces of evil through the power of the cross. He died so that people might be forgiven on their sins. But there is more! When we put our faith in Jesus he transforms our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit within us. Once transformed we desire to do the things that please our Lord. We desire to do what is right and good in God’s sight, we have a love placed in our hearts for God and others, and that love is especially strong between believers. It is a love that takes action: seeking to meet the real needs we all have. The New Testament refers to this transformation as the new birth. It is something God does in us when we place our trust fully in Jesus Christ.
But we have an additional reason for our joy. We are looking forward to the restoration of God’s world on the day of Christ’s return. In that day the veil of death will be torn away and the dead in Christ will rise never to perish or suffer again. We know this will happen because Jesus promised this and proved he can do by his own resurrection from the dead.
If you’d like more information on how you can experience this same life changing power in Christ, I invite you to listen to and believe the words of Jesus. He said in Mark 1:15, “The right time has come, and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!” (Good News Translation) You are also free to contact me through various avenues included in the venues that this post occurs.