WEEK 2, DAY 3

Silence and stillness before God (2 Min)

Read Philippians 1:12-30

I will not be ashamed

Verses 20-26

These are such famous words: “to live is Christ, to die is gain”. Live and die are so linked together that we can’t have one without the other. It’s impossible for me to see life as “in Christ” if I don’t see dying as gain. And it’s impossible to see dying as gain unless I see life as “in Christ”. We deepen our understanding of these things by giving ourselves to “fruitful labor” and serving others because they help us see Jesus. The closer I get to Jesus the less I fear death, because I’m going to the one I know.

What does Paul describe as fruitful labor?
How has God called you to serve those around you?
How does service help you grasp the depth of “to live is Christ, to die is gain”?

Prayer

The first week there was guided prayer, but from this point on I encourage you to talk honestly with God from your own heart. This is a relationship, not a formula. Remember, prayer is always an invitation from God to be with him (Revelation 3:20), not a way to rub the magic bottle to get what we want. Prayer always changes me first, but is also used by God to change the world.

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