What is the greatest passion in your life? What drives you? What motivates you? What is your credo?
Go read Philippians 1:18b-26
Okay, so some of you did and some of you didn’t read the verse. For those of you who didn’t, the key verse is “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Some would say that’s Paul’s credo. That’s Paul take on life. Everything that he lives and breathes is Christ. He wants to “magnify Jesus in every situation” he encounters. Dying means perfect and complete fellowship with Christ for Paul. While, living means that he can be used by God in the lives of others. He can continue to magnify Christ and help others magnify Christ. Yet EITHER way Christ is with him. Whether Paul lives or dies, Christ is with him. While he is living, the prayers of others and the work of the Holy Spirit help lead him to boldness for the Gospel and for magnifying Christ. Furthermore, when the primary passion is to magnify Jesus in every situation our prayers change from “Get me out of this!” to “Get me out of this, but help me glorify you in this and cherish you as gain no matter what happens.” How do You want to use my now? If magnifying Jesus become my overarching theme how will I use my other passions to encompass that credo?
So, the real question is what is your passion? What drives you? Is it Jesus? Or is it something else?
–Thoughts based off of the sermon series “Toðer for the Gospel: A Study in Philippians.” Sermon from November 16th, 2008 “What’s your Credo?” by Pastor Andy. Check out Antioch Community Church for more information or podcasts. The sermon from today should be posted on the blog later this week.