What Really Matters

What Really Matters

06 December 2009


For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until Christ returns. (Philippians 1:10 NLT)

4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7 NLT)

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a “What really matters” kind of book. It’s so practical and so spiritual at the same time. Paul uses the word “joy” seven times and “rejoice” three times in these four brief chapters. He writes about joy, suffering, humility, joy, service, joy, unity, joy, purpose, joy, faith and trust, joy, and right thoughts and behavior. And joy!

I want to understand what really matters. One thing that matters is that the life of a Christ-follower is saturated in joy. We may experience hardships, suffering, challenges, and limitations but the joy of Christ overflows. We may work hard, serve humbly without recognition or apparent reward but deep non-circumstantial joy wells up within us. Living in the joy of Jesus really matters.

I want to understand what really matters. As I get older, it becomes more apparent to me that I may not accomplish everything that my youthful enthusiasm led me to believe I would get done in my lifetime. I can’t go everywhere I thought I’d go. I can’t do or learn or grasp or see or know everything. But I can experience the wonderful peace God gives here and now. Living with God’s peace really matters.

This I do understand, that what really matters is the simpler stuff not the more complicated stuff. That’s a start, anyway.


Father, I need to know and understand what really matters. I know it’s a moving target and I can’t just make a list to carry in my wallet. But I know that by staying close to you and being led through your word by your Spirit, I can understand enough of what really matters to stay on track. Help me understand what really matters. Amen.

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