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Series: Masterpiece in Process
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
In this post I’m kicking off a new series called Masterpiece in Process. As we just read in Philippians 4:8, Paul writes, “Finally, brothers and sisters…” Finally means “as for what remains.” He’s saying, here is a final piece of advice that I need you to consider. In using the word finally, Paul is drawing to a conclusion a comprehensive challenge to the church to stand strong in all that is good. He calls us to stand strong on the foundation which he has laid in the name of Christ.
In his address to us as “Brothers and sisters” he expresses a deep affection. Paul loved the church. He would do anything for the body of Christ. I mean anything! His goal here, as in other places in the book of Philippians, is to challenge his Christian family to perfect themselves both internally, in their thought life; and outwardly, through their actions. If we look at the context, his thoughts in verse 8 are closely connected with those of verse 7 in the phrase, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Paul is saying: Listen, church, God will do His part in guarding your hearts and minds, but He’s calling on you to do your part as well. My friends, we are not puppets of God; we are partners with God in our quest to become more like Jesus. We are a Masterpiece in Process and God wants to help us get there.
In his intimate plea, “Finally, brothers and sisters…” Paul calls each of us to the loftiest goals, while loving us every step of the way. What he’s about to ask of us in this verse is no easy task and he knows it, but he also knows together with the help of the Holy Spirit we can do it. The only question that remains is, are we willing to take the journey?