The scripture reading for today is Philippians 1:20-26.
20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;
24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.
Paul’s mission in the world was not yet complete. Although the desire to be with Christ was strong, he knew that he is called to continue his ministry. Paul was optimistic for the Philippians to continue to grow in their faith. The church had grown and was supporting Paul’s ministry.
Paul was pleased with that growth from the seed he planted. Sometimes we plant seeds, either literally or figuratively, and then watch to see how they turn out. Those seeds need nurturing, watering and feeding. Plants need sunshine while people need Son-shine to grow. Like Paul, the seeds we plant may grow beyond our best hopes for them. The spirit that grew in Philippi led them to continue to spread the Gospel. The spirit continues to grow through the seeds that we are called to plant.
Dear Lord, help us to share the joy of You through our lives in this world. May the seeds we sow grow in Your Glory. Amen
Prayer Concern - for those seeking to spread the Gospel throughout the world that they can plant the seeds of faith.