Daily Verse – Will, Act, Good!

for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.

Philippians 2:13 NIVUK

It is common for us to see ourselves in isolation.

As our work environments have been forced mostly into solitary affairs due to the Pandemic, and the suspension for long periods of time for any form of group interaction, we have become even more fixated in what I often refer to the ‘i-Generation’.

Everything is geared around us as individuals.

Sometimes this can be positive, where we can access knowledge and entertainment curated to our specific interests, but we can also be manipulated and suggested streams of information without us specifically searching it out.

In this verse, the Apostle Paul reminds us that we are not alone.

God is works – energeó – active, effectual, mighty – in us.

What exactly is it that God is working within us for?

To will – theló – desire, be disposed, to intend – us to act or work – it is the same root word as God working in us – in order – huper – on behalf of – God to complete His good purpose – eudokia (this is the only occurence in the NT) – His delight, His kindness, His good pleasure.

God uses us to bring His light and goodness to others.

The more we become ‘i’ the less able He is able to work within us.

As we share ourselves with God, He works within us to enable us to ‘pay it forward’.

Will. Act. Good.

Daily Verse – Philippians 2:3

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Do nothing according to eritheian – self ambition.

The two occurrences of this word, here and James 3:4 – are better understood as strife or contention.

Don’t act if it is a result of, or results in, faction or intrigue – being contentious or continuing in opposition.

Instead, act in humility – tapeinophrosune – modesty or humbleness of mind.

There are three occurrences of this word in the N.T.

This verse is often used to teach that as Christians we shouldn’t argue or be in opposition to things.

Jesus shows his opposition to many things in the Gospels – prejudice, bad religion, not supporting and helping others, and many more.

Paul tells us here to be open and honest in our opposition, doing it from a place of humility and honesty, not by intrigue and deception.

We are not to revel in our opposition but in respect of situation and those involved.