9 July 2020 – Philippians 1:9 (NIV)

9 July 2020 – Philippians 1:9 (NIV)

Scripture

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

Reflection

The Christian faith is not just a feeling. As in any relationship, the feeling of love ebbs and flows. Some days our feelings for God are so strong we want to write worship songs and proclaim our affection for Christ to random strangers; other days we wonder where God is and echo the famous question in Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

If feelings were constant, we would not need faith. Faith is a commitment to act even when we are not feeling the presence of God. It is to worship God, be in community, pray, study His word, serve others and live morally upright not because we are gushing with love, but because we are committed.

Committed love is a higher form of love. It is less fickle. It has more depth. And it comes, in part, through knowledge. That is why Paul prays that “your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.” We are called to pursue knowledge of God and His ways. We are called to seek wisdom (depth of insight), which is an essential part of a holistic faith. And this is not just academic knowledge. Rather, it is a personal knowledge of God – who He is, what He desires, what He despises, and His work in this world. We can then, in our commitment to Him, follow better. Knowledge is a means, not an end. The end is our relationship with God, which is eternal and the fruit of committed love.

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.

Prayer

Lord we ask you to shield the world from panic and despair as Your Church boldly proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ. In this uncertain time, may people find true comfort and peace in their souls as they call upon Your Name.

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Charlie Engelmann - Elder
Charlie Engelmann currently serving his third term as an elder of SCF. He is the director of Pepperdine University's Shanghai residential program and has lived in China on and off since 2001. He and his wife, Judith, have three kids: Ethan, Evangeline and EJ.