It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Philippians 2:16
Lately I’ve been thinking that perhaps one of the differences between casual and committed Christianity is how often we actually think about Jesus. In other words, in the everyday things we might or might not do, how often do the choices we actually make (or fail to make) flow in a very conscious and intentional way out of our relationship with Jesus? Said another way, how much of our days are shaped by a deep dedication to do what brings joy to our Savior’s heart?
The Bible is very clear: One day we will stand face to face with Jesus Christ. It is worth remembering that, and never letting that get too far from our minds. On that day, we’ll want to be able to look back on our lives in such a way that we are not ashamed of them; that we do not regret the choices we made; that we did not waste our lives and the opportunities before us.
When Paul in today’s passage speaks of “boasting on the day of Christ”, I think what he is talking about living this way. He is saying that has devoted himself to living in way that is directly tied in to what God wants of him. More specifically, it means nurturing people in their faith so that they really do live the Gospel. They put into practice what Paul had taught them about life in Christ.
So if we are going to live this kind of life as well, our lives also will be centered on people. Whatever our actual jobs may be, teaching them about Jesus will become our life’s labor.
How are we doing that? How are we pouring our lives out like a drink offering to introduce others to Jesus, teach them what it means to follow him, and nurture them in our faith? What specific names of people come to mind that we hope to introduce to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Who, specifically, are we mentoring in the faith that they might walk more closely with Jesus?