Scripture: Philippians 2:12-18
As a companion resource to our sermon series, we are doing a Bible App reading plan together for this as well! Our sermons will focus on Philippians, even as we read through all of the letters of Paul this summer. Follow this link to join our reading plan: https://bible.com/p/27897507/79634bd566748ccebeb291e2e6837f84?fbclid=IwAR2rNIphTLfQ_9xopukRoQoUPVXE2dVTJCEh63_AQWS9DwZp-qO9vyGxOhw
WHAT DO WE DO WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING?
“Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” -Philippians 2:12-13
-Fear (Greek – “phobos”) – reverential fear, awe
WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE THINK NO ONE IS WATCHING?
“Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world.” -Philippians 2:14-15
-Paul’s statement calls to mind Moses’ words to the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 31:7-8 and pulls a direct quotation from Deuteronomy 32:5. I’m grateful to the New Interpreter’s Bible commentary and the work of Morna D. Hooker in making this plain.
*Even when we think no one is watching, it’s the work of light done at those times—in a world of sadness, pain, selfishness, and suffering—that stands out all the more.
WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE FEEL LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING?
“It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast o the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you—and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me.” -Philippians 2:16-18
*Even when the shadows surround, he [Paul] sees it only as an opportunity to know more holes in the darkness.
-Be Glad (Greek – “chairo”) – to rejoice, be glad, be joyful
-Rejoice (Greek – “sygchairo”) – to rejoice with, to sympathize in joy