Joy In the Lord (Philippians 4:10-11)

Text 4:10-11 is part of the macro text, especially in sub-section 4:10-20 4:10-14. Text 4:10-20 as a whole has a central idea: "The joy of the Philippians Paul because of the good in supporting the needs of his life." While the sub-section 4:10-14 text is "the joy of Paul to the Philippians' concern to him through the aid brought by Epaphroditus .
4:10-11 text discourse analysis result can be rewritten like this: "How much I rejoice in my life is communion with God because after so long time for you to have the opportunity again to show that you care about me, I know you really care about me,only you do not have a chance to show it to me. Do not think that I say this because I needed because I have learned to be content with what I have. "
Paul's joy is in communion with his God. His life is fellowship with God encouraged him rejoice. This explains Paul's intimate personal relationship with God. In addition, factors that harsh environmental conditions do not affect the sense of joy. In fact, he grew out of a sense of joy by the congregation concern over the conditions at hand.Paul did not deny that he needs the material offerings of the congregation and it was understood by the Philippians. Paul adds joy does not depend on the material or environmental conditions, because he has learned to be sufficient in all respects.
From this text we can reflect on some things. First, it turns out one aspect of the joy of the believer is a sense of caring for others in terms of satisfying material needs. But that does not satisfy the needs of the appliance itself became the joy someone drive itself but rather a sense of concern. Paul wrote at 4:11 firmly "Do not think that I say this because I needed because I have learned to be content with what I have."
Second, a sense of heartfelt concern for the Philippians Paul that he felt the excitement. And conversely the Philippians shows the existence of himself as a devout church and support what is taught by Paul (2:12; 4:9). This is actually a mutually happy relationship. The Dalai Lama also teaches the same, "When We Are Concerned mainly with our own interests, inevitably We tend to neglect others' interests. Because of this, preoccupation with our own interests-our own narrow desires, ambitions, and goals, undermines our ability to be compassionate. And since compassion is the source of happiness, self-centeredness That prevents us from attaining spiritual peace-peace of heart and mind, the which is the principal characteristic of lasting happiness. Conversely, the more We concern ourselves with Providing for others' well-being, the more meaningful our lives We changed from ourselves and the will of be happier. In Helping others, We Provide for our own happiness Because happiness is not, We find, an end in Itself. Rather it is a by-product of those actions We take for the benefit of others. Thus in serving others We serve ourselves. This is why I call Sometimes compassion "wise selfishness." ("A Call to Compassion." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 2010.)
Third, in Paul's writings a sense of concern for others that have an effect on each other happy relationships are not separated from communion with God. This actually points that always miss in our minds. The biggest joy is when people rejoice in the Lord. All the problems of human life come as time goes on. That's where the opportunity we show a sense of caring. But if we can take a moment to fellowship with Him the joy and peace to His will protect our thoughts and feelings (4:4-7). Allow me to quote Osward Chambers as a cover of this reflection, "If I am Devoted to the humanity only, I will from soon be exhausted and come to the place WHERE my love will of falter, but if I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately, I cans serve humanity though men treat me as a door-mat. The secret of a Disciple's life is Devotion to Jesus Christ, and the characteristic of the life is its unobtrusiveness. It is like a corn of wheat, the which falls into the ground and dies, but Presently it will from spring up and alter the whole landscape. "(" The Service of Passionate Devotion. "My Utmost for His Highest). Amen!

STT Soteria Purwokerto
January 18, 2011

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