God’s Perfect Work and Joy
No one would want go to prison to find their source of joy there. Yet, Paul, while imprisoned, writes in his letter to the Philippians about having true joy and rejoicing in the presence of the Lord. While Paul awaits his trial in Rome, he is expressing thankfulness for the saints in Philippi and proclaims his heart felt love for them and longs to see them all again. Because of the things that happened to Paul in Philippi, great sorrow could have filled his heart. He was illegally arrested there, beaten and publicly humiliated before the people. A great lie and deception from Satan is that we cannot enjoy our lives in the midst of unpleasant circumstances. Paul found joy in spite of his situation and prayed that his friends in Philippi would abound in their love for Christ.
Paul speaks of being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which brings praise and glory to God and leading the souls of men to faith in Christ, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3). “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15).
Paul writes the first few verses of the book of Philippians because of his great love for Christ, his abounding affection for the people and the perfect work of salvation in his own life. He confirms to them that it is God who has began the work of redemption in them and He will continue to perform it until the return of our Lord to earth. What faithfulness God shows here to all who are redeemed. Paul is encouraging the Philippians that He who has begun this perfect work of salvation in them will continue to supernaturally transform them into the image of Christ until He comes.
Lord, thank You for Your perfect work of salvation and abundant joy.