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Things That Must Trigger Our Will To Live

Text: Philippians 1:21-26   IBCWPM   11/2/05

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar



       Strong will to live in this highly-competitive and chaotic world is an outstanding expression of one's goal-oriented state of mind. On the other hand, a person who lives in mediocrity and apathy tends to disregard the value of setting goals, and because of this kind of mindset, the possibility of losing his opportunity to prosper is always apparent.


       People who are losing their will to live are usually those people who are extremely discouraged, rejected, burned-out, depressed and ignorant of the Word of God. When a person comes to a point of thinking himself as useless and purposeless, then his hope to live a well-lived life subsides and his desires in life become just mere dreams in the night.


       Human life should not be a life associated with vanity but it should have a purpose, and that is the reason why we need daily works to accomplish for in due time we will give account of what we have done. In Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, it is written, Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (KJV) These passages remind us that we should not live carelessly but with a purpose to glorify God.


       As we go through our study, it is helpful for us to know the things that should trigger our will to live even in times of difficulties. The Apostle Paul and his wisdom-filled words will surely give us a God-glorifying viewpoint of life so we may not spend it in vanity, but live a well-used life.


(I)  The Lord Jesus Christ

     Philippians 1:21-22

     -To live in the will of God


       A man who lives and follows the will of God will surely experience an abundant life. The works of his blessed hands will prosper tremendously and his lifestyle will be pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ. Consequently, his will to live for Christ will produce great impact to those who live around him.      


    -To live selflessly


       Selfless living in accordance to the principles of truth demonstrates Christ-likeness. In Philippians 1:20-21, it is written, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (KJV) He, who truly surrenders his life to the Lord will not magnify himself, but Christ alone will be magnified in his life.


    -To live, love and serve the Lord


       To live, love and serve the Lord are the greatest activities a man could do while he lives. In verse 22, Paul said, "But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not." (KJV) Paul knew for sure that his life on earth was worthwhile because he knew he served the Lord and sought not after his own desire.     


              (II) The Spiritual Needs Of Many People

     Philippians 1:23-26

     -To live for the benefit of others


       To live for the benefit of others is not only a sign of emotional intelligence but of spiritual maturity as well. Sacrificial deeds make elite Christians standout from common believers. Matured Christians do not look for their own comfort zone, though they are worthy to claim such thing, but because of their desire to be a blessing to others, they tend to let go of those opportunities. In verse 23-24, it is written, For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. (KJV) The kind of situation Paul had when he wrote his epistle to the Philippians could have justified him to choose Heaven instead of suffering-laden life on earth, but because of his Christ-triggered will to live for the benefit of others, he followed the will of God.


    -To live for the spiritual advancement of others


       The visible presence of Paul-like Christians contribute needed strength and enthusiasm to other believers. Their wisdom-filled words and well-desired presence truly serve as spiritual pace-setters to lead other believers to reach new milestone of spiritual advancement. In Philippians 1:25, it is written, And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; (KJV) We really need Paul-like leaders in our Local Churches today. We must pray earnestly that God will make Paul-like believers out of our congregations for His glory.


   -To motivate and inspire others


       In verse 26, it is written, That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. (KJV) Like Paul, may our will to live for the Lord and for others become an inspiring example to others. May our visible presence that exudes the holiness of God be felt significantly and bring joy to everyone.      


       Christ-centeredness and altruism are excellent vehicles to bring us to a well-spent existence in this present life. Self-centeredness and foolishness are deceitful attitudes that could destroy our real purpose in life. We sing "To God Be The Glory" and "Make Me A Blessing", but we can only give glory to God and become blessings to others if people around see us living carefully and faithfully following the will of God in our lives.        






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