In Philippians 4:10-20, in a discussion about the financial help Paul received from the Philippians, he explains why we give to missions: not only do we do it as a spiritual discipline that teaches us dependence on God, but our giving is also a sacrifice that is very pleasing to God. When we give to gospel work, we are partners with those who are working to share the gospel message.
In 1 Corinthians 14, as a solution to the problem of self-serving worship, Paul teaches that our focus should be on building others, not ourselves, up. How would your life be different if you made this change in your thinking and action?
Sometimes we are careless in our ongoing transformation. Some reasons for this include a lack of holiness, a lack of seriousness in prayer, and a lack of caring for others. These will result not only in stunted spiritual growth, but also in a moving away from God.
We can give proper attention to our spiritual growth through Bible reading, prayer and worship, having a compassionate stance towards people, and taking care that we do not despise the Son of God.
Sometimes we view God's will as something very complex and difficult to understand, find, and do. But in the New Testament, a clear picture of God's will as the fulfillment of his plan to save all people through the gospel (the death and resurrection of his Son) is presented.
We understand God's will when we align our lives, through spiritual growth, with God's purpose to save people through the gospel.
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