29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
The christian life is not merely about believing in Jesus Christ, but also about suffering for him. The Philippians had the same kind of struggle Paul had among them in Philippi and the same kind that Paul faced in Rome.
It was difficult to walk right with the Lord and preach the gospel when persecuted and under attack.
Paul through this letter, tells the Philippians, that it has been granted to them or given freely as gift to them to believe in Christ and to suffer for him. Paul presents both believing and suffering as a benefit.
Living a godly life involves persecution (2 Timothy 3:12), but instead of grieving, we should rather rejoice when we are persecuted because of Jesus, for great is our reward in heaven (Luke 6:22-23). In fact, if we are to share in his glory, we must also share in his suffering (Romans 8:17).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Take time to pray Psalm 96. Allow it to shape prayers of thanksgiving as you are reminded of who God is.