Wouldn’t things be different?

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Me and the guys are going to commit these five verses to memory this week. Sometimes you come across scripture that is so applicable. The verses just strike a chord in your heart and you know that it is true, it is beautiful, and it’s speaking directly to you. It makes me wonder what our lives would look like if we lived these verses.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

What if we took that word always seriously? What if we truly trusted in His plan and simply rejoiced regardless of the circumstances? Wouldn’t things be different?

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

What if Christians were known for being gentle, rather than loud, arrogant, and judgmental? What if we took our WWJD bracelets seriously and actually ask ourselves what Jesus would do?  Wouldn’t things be different?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

What if we simply weren’t anxious? What if we we approached things by prayer and petition? What if we went to Him with our problems first? Wouldn’t things be different?

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

What if this wasn’t just Christian wall-art? What if we took our thought life seriously and dwelled on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy? Wouldn’t things be different?

It’s easy to read scripture, like the way it sounds, put our Bibles on the shelf, and go live out our lives. Me and my bros here don’t want to do that anymore.

Clear the blog

The study didn’t make it down to the dining hall this morning due to some late night study sessions. So Nate and I read Philippians 3 in our room. More accurately, I read Philippians 3 to Nate as he drooled on his pillow and nodded along.

Some days the Word is enough. I don’t have to add commentary or anything like that. Today is one of those days.

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:7-14 (emphasis added)

Read it slowly. Savor every word and precept. And press on towards the goal that  you are being called by your Creator.