"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of
you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel
from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began
a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of
Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:3-6, NIV)
would you like to have a partnership in and why?
I asked myself what does Paul's prayer
1. Thanking God every time He remembers
the saints in Christ Jesus including the overseers [pastors]
2. Praying with joy.
I asked myself what is the cause-effect
relationship I see in Paul's prayer?
BeCAUSE of the saints, overseers [pastor],
and deacons partnership in the Gospel from the first day until
the EFFECT is that in all his prayers for all
of them, he is always praying with joy!
I asked myself why does a partnership in
the Gospel matter so much to Paul?
It is because Jesus matters so much to Paul and his love for Jesus wants
to be shown by his actions of proclaiming the love of Christ to others.
And, he realizes he cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ on his
own while he is in chains, so he welcomes the help the Philippians are
giving him. That is why he always prays with joy knowing the Philippians
have partnered with him from the FIRST DAY he met them UNTIL NOW. Their
partnership is not a one time-one day thing but consistent when it comes
to the Gospel.
I asked myself what are the
implications for my own life?
that joy can come from having a partnership in the Gospel as I love
Jesus Christ and want to make Him known. It should not be a
one-day-one-time thing. I need to attain that partnership in the Gospel
to give others joy especially the Lord Jesus Christ on a consistent
basis. I should always make myself available to be in a partnership when
it comes to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ instead of doing it
alone. Paul did not go at it alone and neither should I. Also, it is
important for me to remember that prayer is tied in very closely with
having a partnership in the Gospel.
I ask you now dear friend, how can you attain a
P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I.P in the Gospel?
Dear friend, a partnership
in the Gospel can take different forms such as
a prayer partnership, financial partnership, co-laborers partnership,
I don't know specifically all the types of partnership in the
Gospel that Paul was thankful to the Philippians for but it was a
partnership filled with joy. I want to give joy to others too when I am
in partnership with them when it comes to the Gospel first and foremost.
You should want that too because it is worth it and brings joy. Paul is
an example that God has shown me through His Word.
You can attain a partnership in the Gospel too where you are
even without moving many times.
It involves a powerful 4 letter
word: PRAY. You can be partnering with campus ministry staff,
missionaries, pastors, Christian publishers, etc by praying for them where you are that God
can use them in His infinite wisdom, strengthening them to proclaim His
love in Word and deed.
You can also do that with a 5 letter word: MONEY
by supporting them so they do not have to be burdened with financial
costs but can focus on proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
At other times, the partnership in the Gospel
will involve moving and effort on our part, as we depend on the Lord, where we are directly
involved in ministry even as we PRAY, give FINANCIAL SUPPORT, etc.
Apart from Jesus Christ, we
can do nothing for we are the branches and our nourishment must come from
Him and Him alone who is the Vine. (John 15)
We need Jesus to have a partnership in the
Gospel. It starts with us realizing our own sinfulness and wickedness
before an all Holy and Awesome God and taking His free gift of grace
that showers us with His faithful forgiveness and redemptive
restoration. I praise you Lord. Thanks so much Jesus! Even praying and
financial support should be done in the Name of the Lord for
He is before all things and in Him all things hold
together! (Colossians 1)
You and I need Jesus Christ and understand the
power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and its
impact to save
if we want to have a direct
partnership in the Gospel with others.
For the Gospel of Jesus Christ is
not just about 'Jesus dying for our sin and coming back to life to save us' but
addresses all facets of our daily life and being, that can only be
transformed by the power of the risen Christ through His transforming
grace. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that justifies us and
also it is this same Gospel that also sanctifies us.
Until we come to realize our own worthlessness
and have Jesus Christ work in us so we can do a F.A.C.T check: Be
faithful, available, compatible, and teachable as
Pastor Hugo says, our
partnership in the Gospel will become futile and will damage people
along the way instead of building them up.
However, when Christ is
the focus over ourselves then amazing things can happen! Praise the
My precious wife
and I have been so touched by the partnership of those who are
supporting us prayerfully and financially as we embark on a faith
filled journey of fulltime ministry through this paper so we can
reach souls for Christ. We are blessed by those who are supporting
us generously through their means. We pray the Lord's blessings on
each of you. Some are supporting us so we can make a living and
others are supporting us because they believe in the Gospel.
Whatever reason, we are so touched that we can continue to minister
to souls. It starts with the wonderful partnerships of family and
friends. Thank you so much Jesus.
We are also so touched by the partnership of
as we reach out to international students with games, talks,
discussions, and dinners. Each one who sacrifices their Saturdays to
help us is such a blessing :)
It is exciting that partnerships can
take different styles and forms but the best partnership we can ever
have is being in a partnership for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It should
start with having a partnership with Jesus Christ ourselves.
Come as you are and always rest in Christ and
the power of His resurrection to transform you by His grace so you can
begin a partnership in the Gospel. You do not have to have it all
together to partner in ministry, for God uses weak vessels to show His
insurmountable glory and does not look for people who think they have it
Jesus chose 12 ragged disciples who did not
have it all together for His honor and glory showing
His strength made perfect through their
weaknesses! Praise the Lord!
As an example,
Jesus Christ used the apostle Peter who denied him 3 times to bring the
Gospel to nations and Saul of Tarsus who persecuted Christians to bring
the Gospel to the Gentiles, etc. This same God is the same God that
wants to use you friend as you make prayer a priority in life.
We all need Jesus in our lives to fight the
enemy so Satan does not control us in our sin but instead we are led by
the power of the Holy Spirit who establishes the perfect partnership.
Speaking of partnership, I plead with you friend
to have a partnership in life with Jesus Christ whose partnership will
be the perfect partnership you will ever have if you have not partnered
with Jesus yet!
No matter what happens
around you, when you rest in the arms of the love of our Lord and Savior, He
will give you strength and wisdom to move on by His grace. So ask Him to
reign in your life and in all your dreams and you will always praise the
Lord when He is central to your life. I want Jesus to be central in my
life so help me Jesus. Thanks so much Jesus. You should too!
"But He gives us more grace. That is why
Scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from
you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you
sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (James 4:6-8,
Humble yourself under the mighty Hand of God
and He will lift you up! (James 4:10, paraphrase)
Friend, only Christ can wash us clean by His
precious cleansing blood and wants to do that for us to have a
partnership with Him. That is so exciting to know! Praise the Lord!
Thank you Jesus! You can have that partnership too.
Our partnership in the Gospel should always
start with spending time with Jesus everyday in prayer, meditating on
His Word, and applying His Word in our lives as the Lord Jesus leads us
to a Bible-believing church and fellowship where we do not forsake the
fellowship of believers but join together as the apostles did in
for His honor and glory.
May you have a blessed partnership in the
Gospel as you rest in the Lord God Almighty now and forever more
remembering to pray asking Redeemer to nurture everyday readily, so have
indestructible partnership! Praise the Lord! Amen!
"Pray Asking Redeemer To Nurture Everyday
Readily So Have Indestructible Partnership!"(P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I..P)/"How
can you attain a P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I.P in the Gospel?"
Purpose of today's devotional is to understand
the importance of having a partnership in the Gospel that turns people's
hearts towards prayer in joy.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you so much for
teaching me about partnership in the Gospel and how joyful Paul was
because of the saints in Christ Jesus, overseers [pastors], and
partnership in the Gospel even though he is in chains. Oh Lord, please
help us to have a partnership in the Gospel that will bring others joy
instead of sorrow. For that to happen, we need to have a partnership
with you more than anything realizing our own worthlessness and
sinfulness before an all awesome Holy God. We do that Lord and ask you
to cleanse us by your precious cleansing blood, giving us new life.
Thanks so much Jesus you have come back to save. Help us Oh Lord by guiding us in your insurmountable
wisdom for our lives that comes from above. Thanks so much Jesus. I need
you so much Jesus. We thank you for dying for our sin and you choose to
use us in our weaknesses just as you used your 12 disciples and Paul.
Thanks for that opportunity. Help us to always rest in you humbling
ourselves under your mighty hand so you lift us up. We pray asking you
to nurture us everyday readily so we can have an indestructible
partnership in the Gospel. Thanks so much Jesus. In Your Name I Pray