Devotion: Philippians 4:1The Apostle concludes this section on who to and not to imitate by calling the Philippians to greater faithfulness.
"Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. " -Philippians 4:1This is one of the passages of Scripture that simply needs to be read over and again. In it we find the Apostle's love for the Church, his longing to be free from his imprisonment to be with the Philippians again, his joy that they are following Jesus in faith and his confidence that whatever accomplishment and accolades he may have, his greatest is that a Church of believers is flourishing in Philippi where none existed before his proclamation of the Gospel.
The command then to stand firm in the Lord to the Apostle's brothers and beloved is in light of the example the Apostle is setting in prison for the his faith and for the benefit of those in that community. To stand firm in the Lord is to maintain the truth and walk in the light of Christ. To stand firm in the Lord is to imitate the Apostle. To stand firm in the Lord is to lay down any other confidence, any other accomplishment and any other accolade and instead find one's whole worth in Christ. Read through this passage many times. Memorize it if you are able. Above all, though, stand firm in the Lord.