“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Indispensable Christians

(Please read Philippians 4:1-7)

April 18

Paul had started many churches. Some of them disappointed him, such as the one at Corinth (see 1 Corinthians 3:1-3). Others delighted him, and Philippi seems to have been his favorite – his “joy and crown.”

It isn’t unusual, especially in business circles or the sports world, to refer to some individual as the “indispensable” man or woman. In the absolute sense, of course, there is no such thing, either in the secular world or in the church. But the description of the Philippian church makes you dream about people the church cannot do without, doesn’t it?

Who would those indispensable Christians be, if there really were such things? Well, here are a few attributes we can be sure they would have.

They would be the faithful. The Bible does not require greatness, but it does require faithfulness. They would be the willing – willing to do whatever they were asked to do, without whining or complaining. They would be the sharp-eyed ones – able to see things that needed to be done, and to see opportunities for greater service. They would be generous, for stingy people never build a great church.

And they would be optimistic boosters. Believing that the church, despite its weaknesses, is the best institution on earth, they would constantly “talk it up.”

Here’s hoping we have just described you, either as you have been or as you will resolve to be, starting today.

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