Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
I thank my God every time I remember you. I always pray with joy in my every prayer for all of you because of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1.3-6
There are certain people in our lives that are special for one reason or another. We are thankful that these people have crossed paths with us. There are friends that we do not see for years. Yet, when you get a chance to catch up, it is like you were never apart. There are people in our spiritual family that are as dear and as important as any blood kin. Paul must have had a long list of friends. He is writing this letter to the church in Philippi. He is thankful. He is thankful because this church shared in his work by sending him gifts of financial help. When he received word of how they were doing, he was encouraged and felt renewed. They shared the same purpose in life. Their spiritual goals were the same. They worked toward those goals with the same persistence. Paul prayed for these friends with joy giving thanks to God for them. Paul felt sure that the Philippians would stick to the task and not give up because of their attitude towards him. It is such a huge encouragement to hear that someone with whom you have shared the gospel is continuing to serve the Lord Jesus as a faithful child. It brings joy that renews the spirit to continue the work which we have been called to do.