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Promote Your Progress and Joy

Advance, boost, contribute to, develop, encourage, and further are words associated with promote. While modern promoters often serve as agents for professional athletes, one of the basic responsibilities for a Christian is to promote faith. Although this sounds easy to do, sharing the Bible with individuals who are hostile to God, Romans 8:7, can be thankless. However, if you see the big picture, winning souls, joy overflows when you lead someone into a personal relationship with Jesus.

Since I am convinced of this, I know that I shall remain and stay by you all, to promote your progress and joy in believing, Philippians 1:25.

While writing to a church that he helped build, Paul expresses his allegiance to Philippi. This commitment involves promoting their spiritual progress and joy of believing in Jesus. To an apostle, preaching and sharing the Gospel is the most important thing in the world. While there are other sources of good news that exist, to Paul, nothing compares to Jesus. This concept inspired the words of Philippians 4:6-7, as the peace of God surpasses all understanding.

May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope, Romans 15:13.

The apostle Paul builds upon this concept in a letter to the Church at Rome. As faith is promoted, God fills Christians with hope, peace, and joy. As individuals begin to discover and fulfill God’s will for your life, this joy can overflow, bubbling over out of an abundance. Yet, when progress is put on hold, joy can quickly disappear. Like a car put in neutral, idle Christians lose their spiritual momentum. Therefore, if you want to get back on track, promote spiritual progress and the joy from faith in Christ.

by Jay Mankus

Advance

As a teenager, the board game that I played the most was Monopoly. I can recall several Monopoly marathons that went late into the night until someone finally won. My favorite Community Card was “Advance Directly to Go and Collect $200.” If I was losing and about to go broke, I didn’t mind picking up the Chance Card “Go Directly to Jail.” Like this classic game, life is about advancing and falling back.

Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]. Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others, Philippians 2:3-4.

Advance refers to moving forward in a purposeful way. Unfortunately, I have days, weeks, and months where I forget to set a clear goal. Instead of moving forward, I tend to wander along aimlessly. This is what one Old Testament prophet calls the reason for destruction, Hosea 4:6. If you are not advancing, you will likely become idle before slipping away spiritually from God.

For the others all seek [to advance] their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ (the Messiah), Philippians 2:21.

In a letter to the Church at Philippi, the apostle Paul provides a plan for advancing. If you neglect your own needs, you probably won’t be any good to other believers. Therefore, first you need to get your own life in order, Matthew 7:5, by removing that which is keeping you from growing. Once this is accomplished, then you can advance and proceed with carrying out God’s will for your life, Romans 12:2.

by Jay Mankus

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