Day 4 - Philippains 1:22-24

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I just discovered that I was born three weeks B.C. - that is, three weeks before Billy Crystal, who like me, is now 65 years old. He writes about his trauma at turning 65 in his new book "Still Foolin' Em."

I'm glad to have heard that 65 is the new 55. And most days I feel like I'm 45. Until I look in a mirror and this gray-haired gentleman is staring back at me. Maybe I just have an old mirror. 

The fact is, I'm living out Psalm 37:25 - I was young and now I am old. 
If not old, at least older. Unlike Billy, that's not causing me to panic.
I actually like being who I am and where I am in life. 

I don't know how old Paul was when he wrote Philippians 1:22 - Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful work for me. 

His concern was that as long as he was alive, he wanted his life to count for the Kingdom, to do fruitful labor for the Lord. 

As I age and think about my mortality, this becomes an important commitment for me also. If God is going to grant me continued life, then I am going to commit myself to live that life in way that makes a positive difference for God’s Kingdom. 

Paul goes on in Phil 1:23-24  I have the desire to depart and be with Christ—which is far better — but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 
Paul is contrasting his own desire to depart and be with Christ with the spiritual benefit to others if he continues to live. He freely chooses what is more necessary for (their) progress and joy in the faith, and their growth in Christ Jesus! (1:25-26).

No matter if you are young, old, or in between, here is a good question to ask God in prayer:
"Lord, what is my life calling now? What can I do that I will be a spiritual encouragement to others; that because of my life  others
will progress in their joy and faith, and grow in Christ Jesus?" 

Ask the question. God will give you the answer. 


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Note: This is the fourth in a series of daily postings on Philippians. You can start at the beginning by clicking here: 
Philippians 1:1