I Thank My God

Phil 1:3-6

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

 I have often wondered how far our example goes. I have thought about how long people remember us? Yes I know it sounds strange, but think about it. How long does what you do affect other people? The church at Philipi was a church that was sound in doctrine, and who supported Paul in many ways in his missionary efforts. Paul loved these brethren for these reasons. And he writes that “I think God upon every remembrance of you” (Phil 1:3). It is likely that Paul remembered the work the Phillipian church had done for quite some time.

I have thought about this verse in light of us. Who in this life will be thankful because of their remembrance of us? Is there anyone that we can possible be the example for, that at some point will say “I am thankful to my God when I remember you”.  My heroes in this life were my parents and my grandparents. I am thankful to my grandparents because of their example. Because they took the time to show me that life was not simply.

I am thankful for so many who have thought enough of me to be the right kind of example in spiritual matters. We can be thankful we have a God who sent Jesus to be an example for us (John 13:15), we can be thankful for the Apostles who walked in a way that we can consider them examples (2 Thess 2:9), and young people, remember that God expects you will be an example to everyone else (1 Tim 4:12). Bottom line, who will be thankful for our example when our Lord returns?

Ande Z