A Lenten Journey: The Wilderness Trail — Day Thirty-Eight


Philippians 2:12-18, The Message

What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.

Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing.

Even if I am executed here and now, I’ll rejoice in being an element in the offering of your faith that you make on Christ’s altar, a part of your rejoicing. But turnabout’s fair play—you must join me in my rejoicing. Whatever you do, don’t feel sorry for me.

That’s what we need.
Who knew?

But it’s a different kind of
energy, I think.
Not what we usually
when we hear
the word.

And that word is coupled
with these:


Now that’s 
my kind of energy.

You won’t find me
on the soccer field,
but you might 
find me
sitting and listening.

And you will
definitely find me
being awestruck
at the wonders that
surround us
in this place we call home.

Put those together,
and they produce
exactly the kind of 
‘fission’ that’s 
needed to
shine the light,
save the world.

At least,
that’s what Paul
seems to say.

One other thing.
it’s not our
energy, actually.

It’s God-sent,

Well, that’s a relief.


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  1. Your words come on the heels of my studying Nehemiah 8 for this coming Sunday. Not OUR joy, but the joy of the Lord which He delights to share with us. And then you say, “Not our energy, but God’s energy.” And He delights to share this with us as well. Yes, that is a relief. Happy Friday!

  2. Oh, yes, Diana, His energy is what maintains me throughout the day and the uncertainties I’m facing right now. It is, indeed, such a relief!
    (If you don’t hear from me next week, beginning Monday, it’s because I’m going to be off the grid for most of that time.)

    • Enjoy your quiet week, Martha – and thanks for your faithful reading and commenting all during this Lenten journey of ours.

  3. Isn’t it amazing to think that whatever God asks of us, he supplies, spiritual energy included. And you are so right: it is such a relief knowing we doesn’t leave us to our own (weak) devices. Praise God for his gracious provision! As always, thank you for your thought-provoking insights, Diana.