As we finish up our houses here in Lake City, we are also reading Philippians 3 and 4 today. This week has been wonderful for our students and adult leaders. We have seen the Lord meet our needs at every turn. He provided energy, shade, supplies, great helpers, food, fun and He even held off the rain. God has been (and always is) faithful. I echo the words of Paul when he says, “…my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
Today we begin Philippians. It’s also our third day in Lake City. We’re over half way done with what the Lord sent us here to do. In the home stretch of our mission trip it’s great to read Paul’s words in The first chapter. I’m very grateful for the partnership we have with Lake City First Baptist and Home Works. This partnership has helped many people in the name of Jesus. It’s helped the home owners as well as every teenagers and adult on our teams.
“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
Today was our second full day on four sites in Lake City. The work is going well and the Lord held back the rain long enough for us to finish today’s projects.
In these two chapters that we read for our morning and evening devotion time – Paul writes about how our roles and relations ships are vital to our Christian walk. Whether we’re talking about husbands and wives, children and parents or even slave/employee and master/boss…the point is submitting to one another and serving others in love.
“Submit to one another out of reverence to Christ.” – Ephesians 5:22
So often we try to be first, best and in the spotlight. We want our posts to have lots of “likes.” But Paul reminds the church that the focus is Jesus. And even the way we live lives in our homes can be a witness of Christ to the world.
This week as our students serve they get the opportunity to live this out. Giving up their idea of a fun week of summer to submit to God’s design for their week. To give up comforts of home and sleep on the floor of a church. To go outside in the heat and work long hours rather than stay inside on electrics. And to put aside self to serve others. It’s been a blessing for both our students and adults. This is a picture of what Paul would have been encouraging the church at Ephasis to be doing. Serving others. Being a picture of Christ to the community.