“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,” Philippians 1:9-10
As I reread this verse several times yesterday reflecting on the weight of each word and each phrase I settled on "Be pure and blameless for the day of Christ."
My first leaning was to talk about that of 'depth of insight', but in reality I think most of us realize the meaning behind 'insight' with God and His far reaching knowledge that supersedes anything we could begin to dwell on. So coming back to 'Your love' being 'pure and blameless for the day of Christ'... I began my search to see exactly what was the 'day of Christ' that Paul was referring to.
With searching I found there is a difference between the Day of Christ and the Day of the Lord. Read more here.
This chart is from the article that is linked above
|Day of Christ||Day of the Lord|
|Is for believers (Body of Christ)||Is for rejectors of Christ|
|Is a day of blessing and reward||Is a day of judgment|
|Is a heavenly hope||Is earthly despair|
|Is eagerly anticipated||Is feared and dreaded|
The entire blog article is pretty good and deserves a few moments to read and consider the difference from the writings.
But my greatest joy in my reading research came from the blog on DesiringGod.org with this blog writing by John Piper
"God's faithfulness is experienced in his continually awakening in us the grace to keep believing. He keeps us. And he does it by giving us the passion to treasure him and pursue holiness." John Piper
To have the simple faith not to worry about each thing that crushes our minds and keeps us spun into tight webs is hard. Giving it up God is hard. But He is ever faithful you and I will get there as we grow in our faith and our ability to let it all go and rest in Him. If you were able to let it all go, would your day not be blessed and rewarded with rest and peace? Would you not eagerly anticipate each day without the pressure and the worry? If you are a believer, there is a 'heavenly hope' that you will one day release it all to Him to be pure and blameless on the day of Christ. John Piper believes surrounding yourself with other believers will not only encourage you, but will allow them to pray for you as you embrace your journey in faith.
Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist Laurie Pace