Daily reading: Philippians 1-4
What’s that series of movies called? Mission difficult? Mission easy-peasy?
Not possible. Can’t be done.
But somehow Tom Cruise always manages to complete the mission, doesn’t he? Somehow, with his resume of spy skills and his team to support him, he always gets the win.
Philippians gives us a few ‘Missions Impossible’… are you ready? Here they are:
-Consider others above yourself.
-Consider loss what you used to consider gain.
-Don’t be anxious.
Before you turn the missions down because they are clearly impossible to accomplish, take a look at what’s in our arsenal:
“I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”
All of these missions, at their core, are a matter of perspective. And isn’t the best part of every spy movie the part where you go, “Ahhh! That’s what’s really been going on the whole time!”
That is what Paul is offering us here with this credo.
[Consider others above yourself.] Seeing ourselves through the lens of the one who gives us strength changes the way we see others and therefore can change the way we treat them.
[Consider loss what you used to consider gain.] Considering the value of what success really is from Christ’s perspective will likely equal a shift in our priorities.
[Rejoice always.] Viewing our everyday with the eyes of him who conquered the cross and is coming to reign can give us strength to find joy in the mundane and even a glimmer of hope in our pain.
[Don’t be anxious.] Looking in the eyes of the Prince of Peace as he takes our burdens and walks with us through our trials reminds us that we are not alone.
That is how we complete our mission. That is how we, like Paul, are able to do all things through him who gives us strength.
Tom Cruise may do all his own stunts, but Jesus can do all of everything…so, yeah…go ahead and take that mission. You’ve got a good team.
Today’s Bible passage can be read or listened to at BibleGateway here – Philippians 1-4
Tomorrow we will read 1 Timothy.