“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi,
together with the overseers and deacons:”
Philippians 1:1 (NIV)
My son worked for a year in Haiti that included the earthquake of January 12, 2010. Following that terrible tragedy there was a tremendous show of love by other countries and supplies of every sort poured into the mission as well as to many other groups across the stricken country.
So great was the inflow of supplies that the mission had to build two new warehouses, each covering an area the size of a football field to house the supplies that came in. In the past two years 30.6 million meals were given out from the resources of the one mission station. Yet the need is still greater than the very large resources of this mission.
As Paul writes his letter to the church at Philippi he will draw on the infinite resources available to those who are in Christ Jesus. This is the remarkable thing about our being in Christ Jesus. Our genuine needs cannot exhaust the infinite resources of our God.
The union between Jesus and His people is a vital one similar to the vine and branches in a vineyard. In John 15 our Lord gives the allegory of the vine and the branches. He is the true or genuine vine and His people are the branches.
It is so easy to see that just as the branches are fed and grow through their living union to the vine, so we grow in proportion to the vital connection we have with Jesus. Our existence and fruitfulness are both dependent on the true vine, which is Jesus.
How then do we feed on Jesus Christ? Well, there are several ways to do this. First and most important is to read the Scriptures that talk about Him. This puts special stress on the Gospels in the New Testament. Then as we attend the place where God’s Word is preached, we feed more on Jesus Who always graciously makes His presence known in the services of the Christian Church.
Further, we will meet with Jesus during our times of prayer. Private and community prayer times are wonderful times to be with Jesus. How much I have learned through hearing the prayers of mature Christians! Then the great hymns of the church are a rich source of descriptive material on Jesus.
If you find your faith weak, your strength to resist temptation low, then turn to the spiritual exercises above and reconnect with Jesus. Get a good sermon’s points in your mind, rehearse the words of some Christ exalting hymn, and remember the prayer of someone who knows how to pray. You will soon find the spiritual food you long for and shall be strengthened to go on through the dark nights of the soul, until the glorious dawn of God’s presence bursts on your horizon.
The resources of earth are finite, limited, and often non-existent. Go to where the supply is infinite and the welcome is joyful. Jesus stands ready and able to give you everything you need for the day you face. Go to Him and find yourself blessed beyond measure. Go to Him and go today.