by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”
Philemon loved Jesus—we know that because he loved his brothers and sisters in Christ. Paul writes to him full of gladness because this love is so evident in Philemon’s life. What a great example of love to imitate towards others?
There is a little hidden treasure that Paul reveals to us in this one sentence that can really help our Christian walk. Paul mentions to Philemon one of the secrets that makes sharing his faith become effective. Do you see it? He says, “By the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”
In other words, Paul is letting us know that if we want to be effective in sharing our faith with others, we need to KNOW who we are in Christ—Those things that Christ has done for us on the cross. That means, we will need to spend time with Jesus (His Word). There is NO ‘quick route’ to being sanctified unto Christ—Jesus takes great pleasure in, and values our time spent with Him. When we acknowledge even the littlest good things that happen in our life and share them in faith with others, acknowledging they come from God, we are glorifying God; and thus it has an affect on others—encouraging them to walk a better walk. And this goodness that God starts in us, will become contagious to others, and like a wild fire can consume everything around it. Won’t you start a fire for God?
Father, thank you for the good things you have done and continue to do
for us. May we always be quick to give You the glory for it all, and may we come
to truly know You and what You did in Christ for us. Help us imitate Your love
to others. Amen.
Devotional by Linda LeMans, Director of Women's Ministries.
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