Philippians 1:3-5: “I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…”
In the months leading up to and throughout May, we have seen the spirit of unity and collaboration among God’s people and the various churches and ministries involved in this global effort. In today’s passage, we see the joy we have in ministry as we join together in making disciples who make disciples.
Paul expresses thanksgiving and abounding joy as he writes to his fellow believers in Philippi. What is the cause of this? From the day they heard about Jesus from Paul (Acts 16:11-15), up to the present (when Paul wrote this letter), they worked as partners with him in making the Gospel known. Those who shared the Gospel with you have taken great joy as they watched you follow after Jesus and share his love with others. If you haven’t already, you may experience the same joy as you see your “disciples” grow in love and service for Jesus.
How can we better partner together in sharing the Gospel? Well, we can pray for one another, thanking the Lord. We can go and share the Good News together with fellow believers and families. We can do our part in reaching our family, neighbors, and friends and inviting new believers to do the same. Let’s Go together!
A special thanks to the American Bible Society for contributing devotional content for Go2020.
Ask God to remind you of the last time you experienced the joy that comes when someone puts their trust in Christ. Let the joy of that moment propel you into obedience as a witness of Christ’s love to those around you today.
Recognize the time that good relationships need to form. Exercise patience and kindness in how you interact with your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues today.