Hitting the Mark
Fully Submitted to Christ as Lord – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:10-14
Key Verse: Philippians 3:10
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death
The Apostle Paul was the author of this letter to the Philippian Christ Followers. He wrote this letter, as well as all his letters, under the influence and guidance of the Holy Spirit. God was using Paul to speak to future generations. This portion of the letter is really Paul’s testimony. Look at some of his feelings about Christ: “I want to know Christ; I want to know the power of His resurrection; I want to share in the fellowship of sharing in His suffering.” These phrases point to the Lordship of Christ over Paul’s life.
When anyone is willing to suffer with another person, it’s obvious they are committed to that person. Paul was willing to share in the sufferings that Christ experienced in His life. Paul was surrendered to the life that would come his way; he knew that God was in control. Everyday Paul lived to please Christ; to follow and obey all that was asked of him. Jesus was his Lord, the ruler of his life. If it was a day that Paul would experience humiliation and suffering, he would walk through it knowing Jesus had to do the same thing, so why shouldn’t he.
John Wesley was a great preacher of the 1800s. He penned a prayer that I often pray: “Father, I am no longer my own, I am yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for you or lay me aside. Let me be exalted or bring me down low. Let me be full or let me be empty. Let me have all things or let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours…so be it. May this covenant I’m making on earth be ratified in heaven, amen.” May we all pray this prayer and mean it. (Continued)
Father, I surrender my all to you! In Jesus’ Name, amen.