Rejoice in the Lord, Always

Paul’s reminder to the Philippians – his parting thought – was to Rejoice in the Lord…Always. And just in case they didn’t understand exactly what he was saying and the importance of this exhortation he repeated himself “And again I say, Rejoice”! Why was Paul so adamant in his instruction to the Philippians?

Philippi was a prosperous Roman colony and as such the Philippians were thought to take great pride in their Roman citizenship. They weren’t Jews, or Romans but caught right in between. Paul’s reminder to the Phillipians that they must Rejoice in the Lord and his early exhortations that their true citizenship is in Heaven (Phil. 3:20) is a good reminder to us Americans the day after the 9/11 memorials and the marking of the 10th anniversary of that fateful day.

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice Phil. 4:4

Yesterday (9/11/11) millions of people waved American flags with pride and we, as a nation, stood strong and united – a reminder to all that terrorists will have no impact on our resolve to remain free. We take great pride in our military might or our ability to hunt down those that would attack us and bring due justice – but more importantly in who we are as a people, those brave men and women who risk their lives every day to keep us free. It’s truly inspiring and I for one am proud to be an American. But Paul’s reminder is so very true today – our rejoicing should be in Christ alone.

“Now the Lord is that spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty” 2 Cor. 317

Our nation remains free today because the Church of God remains strong. You CANNOT have one without the other. We will choose to rejoice in the Lord…Always. And when we start to take pride in ourselves, in our prosperity, in our military, in our resolve, and lose sight of where our help truly comes from – let Paul’s second reminder hold even more true “And again I say, Rejoice”.