It’s interesting how God led us to this study.
To be honest, we were looking for a scripture study, but couldn’t get our act together on which one to do. Accordingly, we chose to do this Philippians study kinda as a bridge between more ‘in depth’ stories.
Because of this, I really didn’t have any expectations. I hoped that I would walk away with a better understanding of the book of Philippians I guess, but nothing really beyond that.
God has pleasantly surprised me.
Now, I don’t know how good of a picture of Philippians I am getting, because Matt jumps all over the place, but I am really, really enjoying the crux of his teaching.
Tonight we concentrated on Philippians 3:7–12. Matt’s over arching point was that we needed to continue to move closer to Jesus. To desire him more and more and more and more. That hit me right where I am at.
Some days are better than others, but the desire that God put in my heart still burns. I still yearn for more of Him. I still hope in Him. I still desire to be more like Him.
I appreciated Matt’s words tonight. A couple quotes that hit me right between the eyes:
Is your identity in the Christian Community?
Is your hobby church?
So much of my adult life I think the truthful answer to that question would be yes. I don’t know that I would have been mature enough to say that out loud, but in retrospect I am certain it is the truth.
I am genuinely excited about what God is doing in my life. I love that I genuinely yearn to know him better. To enter into a real and lasting relationship with him. I know it sounds silly, but too much of my life has been spent merely attending church and doing Christian things. I am simply pumped that God has seen fit to stir my passions for him.
That is all. Until tomorrow.
I am in need of progressive sanctification, which means I need more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more of Christ.
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