“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6
I noticed something in this passage this past week. Paul was not present with the Philippians yet he considered them “partners”. The reason he considered them partners was because of their united purpose to spread the gospel. I believe the principle for us to understand is that partnership is not based on proximity but on purpose. Therefore, I can partner with someone in spreading the gospel yet may never meet them this side of eternity. This is a cooperative effort that is needed to reach our communities and the nations.
This coming Sunday I will be speaking of joining the movement for churches to advance the gospel. I am thankful for gospel partnerships God has placed in my life that I do not have to hold on to only a moment for God but living in a movement with God.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving week.