Read Philippians 1:22-24 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.
Paul found himself in a lot of unique places, from shipwreck to imprisonment. No matter where he landed, he always found a way to do more fruitful work for Christ. And there was tangible fruit from his ministry. As much as he longed for the day he could be with Jesus in heaven, he knew that being alive meant helping the Philippians even more. For Paul, being fruitful meant following the model of Jesus – putting aside comfort and ease in order to serve others.
This is the life we’re called to live as well. Wherever we are, God has a plan for us. If we allow Him, He’ll do a fruitful work in our lives. This means putting aside our own comforts. For some of us, it might mean chasing less after money, status, and popularity, and chasing more after God. We’re all growing fruit of some kind. How we plant our roots and till the soil determines the fruit we’ll produce.
• Do fruitful work. Look for an opportunity today to put aside your comfort and serve someone. It might be a family member, a coworker, or someone else you cross paths with regularly. (If you want to serve others with Traders Point beyond today, check out these links for ways to serve HERE, NEAR, and FAR.)
Use your Philippians Guidebook to reflect and respond. For a digital copy of the guidebook, visit tpcc.org/rebels-guide.
Want to go deeper? Look up the following verses to see what Jesus had to say about producing fruit. Note what you observe and then continue with your time of response.
• John 15:1-5