A Positive Message

By: Lynn McCoy

Posted: October 29, 2016

Category: Daily Devotional


But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I what to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:7-11

I have been enjoying the positive message that Paul brings to us in Philippians. This particular passage talks of forgiveness, grace, faith, and life everlasting. What it is to be a Christian. The chapters in Philippians have been a rich resource for some of our hymns. I have many favorite hymns so it is difficult to name just one when asked although Be Thou My Vision, #450 in the Glory To God hymnal, could be near the top of my list. Not only is it in triple meter, or felt as a dance, but the words certainly speak to this passage in Philippians.

Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise; thou mine inheritance, now and always, thou and thou only, first in my heart, High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art. (verse3)


Dear Lord, let me be thankful for all that You offer me in this life and the next. Remind me daily that what I need is to grow in faith and understanding of Your word, in Your name, Amen.