1. God Manifests in Us – Philippians 1:6 “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.” The Apostle Paul strongly believes that God can manifest Himself in our circumstances. His encounter of Jesus on the road to Damascus forever changed him (Acts 9:1-19). Jesus physically manifested Himself to Paul (Acts 9:3). Jesus spoke to Paul (Acts 9:4). Paul responded to Jesus in an honest and a humble way (Acts 9:5-6). Paul experienced the touch and transformation by Jesus (Acts 9:6-19). This is not the end; it’s just the beginning of a new life in Christ. God manifests Himself in Paul, in me, and in you. How do we know God manifest Himself in us? We know that God manifests in us because the Scriptures tells us (Galatians 2:20) and the Son of God Himself revealed himself to us by dwelling inside us (Colossians 1:27). Another ways that God manifests in us is that He brings about transformation. The living God is in the process of shaping, molding, and making us to become more like Jesus, His beloved Son. Reflection: How has God worked in you that gives proof to His manifestation in your life?
2. God Motivates Us – Philippians 2:13-14 "For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing.” We all need motivation from something, from someone, and sometime from ourselves. But the bible tells us that the most needed things in our lives are the motivation from God Himself. God who dwells within us desires us to know His Word, to acknowledge His way, and to do His will. That’s the ultimate purpose of our living. Often time we can press on and get burned out because of the lack of motivation from within. Jesus is the highest motivation in life. That’s why the Psalmist tells us “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) May we be motivated by the living God who loves us and laid down His life for us. Reflection: How has God motivated you lately with one thing that Jesus has done for you?
3. God Moves through Us – Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.” God can use His angels to fulfill His plan and purpose, but He rather accomplishes His plan and purposes through us, when we say, “YES” to Him. We are His hands and His feet. It is such a humbling experience to be used by God. Throughout the biblical stories we see these examples. Because of their willingness to let God use them, they experienced God's power and might beyond imagination. Hebrews 11 gives a list of these heroes of faith. God accomplishes through us not just in a specific area of things, not just a certain categories of things, but in the Philippians it says God accomplishes all things through the Lord Jesus Christ who loves us and lives in us. He will use you through each moment of your life when you let Him use you. I would encourage us all to reflect on this question: Am I willing to be used by God today? What area(s) do I need to surrender more so I am not a hindrance to His work in our midst?