I don't remember one word of the sermon on Philippians 1:26, but this phrase caught my attention: "May your joy in Christ overflow on account of me."
Wait a minute! Our presence should be making others happy? Oh-oh!
Then I found that it is also to cause others to exult and glory in Christ. Oh-oh!
It should even cause them to boast in Christ. Oh-oh!
See for yourself in these translations of Philippians 1:26.
- So that in me you may have abundant cause for exultation and glorying in Christ Jesus, through my coming to you again. (AMP)
So that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. (NIV)
That your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again. (NKJV)
My grandpa always said that some people cause joy by arriving and others by leaving.
Which are we?
Prayer: Lord, help us to be the kind of people whose very presence brings joy! Only in Christ. Amen.