Exodus 28-31; Philippians 2

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. Philippians 2:13-16

As I am reading these verses the first thing that comes to mind is one of the Sunday school song I grew up singing:

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

As much as I try to shine like a light, I know that there are days when my light is more dim than bright. There are days spent complaining and grumbling. There are days when I am irritable and argumentative, with little self-control. There are days when I feel and act more like the people of the world than like a child of God; days when I’ve hidden my light under a bushel and it’s all I can do to keep satan from blowing my little light out.

I want people, especially my children, to get a glimpse of God through me, to see what it means to believe and living right. But, all too often, I find myself stressed out and falling into old patterns from before I truly gave my life to Jesus; and then I feel like I’ve failed.

As I continued delving into these verses, looking at a Greek Interlinear Bible, the thing that stood out to me was the words in the New King James version of verse 15 – ‘…that you may be…’ was noted to be ‘…ye-may-be-becoming…’

The noun “becoming” is defined as any process of change…

Even as I strive to live a clean and innocent life, I am going through the process of changing more and more. Whether I have an off day or I am successful at keeping negative behaviors reigned in change is occurring. I am progressing, maturing into the potential that God put in me. I am becoming a better person and my light shines brighter.

I don’t need to feel condemnation at failing to always be a bright, shining light for the Kingdom of God. I don’t need to feel weakened by the mistakes I make. I just need to press into Holy Spirit as I go through the process of learning, trusting Him to check my spirit and teach me how to do better.

Yesappa, Thank You for being there and giving me everything I need to be a shining light…help me to do everything readily and cheerfully, without bickering, without second-guessing. Help me go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Use me to provide people with a glimpse of good living and of You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Blessings – Julie, Sholavandan, India (written in the U.S.A.)

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Prayer based on Philippians 2:15-16 The Message.

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Filed under 66 Books, Exodus, New Testament, Old Testament, Philippians

One response to “Exodus 28-31; Philippians 2

  1. Last week Ephesians 5:10 stood out to meet, “…find out what pleases God.” That tells me that that’s something I am expected to learn and there is grace and pleasure in the discovery. I get that same sense from reading your post. Thanks.

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