(Jan 13) Servants of God

“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 1:1-2

The book of Philippians can be summed up in one word: joy! Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, repeatedly called Christians to be joyful and to rejoice. Few could be more qualified to call for relentless joy in the midst of trials than Paul. Writing from a dark and dirty jail cell was a powerful encouragement to believers in his day as well as in our time. In fact, Philippians is one of four prison epistles, along with Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon, all rich in encouragement and firmly grounded in faith.

Would believers today describe life as joyful? It seems many Christians feel joyful only under certain circumstances. When good health is enjoyed, career success is measurable, and children are behaving, we live in joy. Yet, when an ill wind blows, our joy tends to be snuffed out, leaving a vacancy for frustration and disappointment. Paul is writing, in part,