no·ble [noh-buhl] adjective, -bler, -blest,noun
I’ve thought about this identity of “being noble.” I wanted to picture it (without the Baroque Period suit of metal armor). In the way I live my life, am I able to stand on my plans and choices. How do I achieve this noble title?
The Apostle Paul would write to the church of Philippi while we was surrounded by prison walls and in chains about his ability to stand with honor come what may. In the same letter known as the Epistle to The Phillipians 1:21 we have his famous words “To Live Is Christ And To Die Is Gain.” He would write to the believers about having joy in the midst of what would be seen as suffering. He would describe finding contentment and the ability to endure no matter what by “Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13). He would also challenge disciples of Christ to journey in their faith as he was, “forgetting what is behind…reaching for the prize.” (Philippians 3:12-16).
If there was just any one person that endured and earned the title of Noble Life as a disciple of Jesus Christ (and there were many more than one), it would have been the converted persecutor of Christians, Paul. His life, with even all of it’s hiccups, show signs of choosing and striving to give Jesus all glory. His writing is overflowing with his realization and embrace of God’s grace.
But like all of us…he had to make a choice in response to the grace of Jesus. For salvation, for life, and for eternity…what will we do with this amazing grace of Jesus?
It should not be a choice made on a whim, but made through love. Following Jesus is meant to be not a chore, but a desire.
Paul’s advice to the believers in Philippi as they knew of his imprisonment was this…
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received
or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 [NIV])
The same teaching has been kept in the Scriptures not as a secret to success, but as a command to live, follow, and stand with Nobility on the Truth of Jesus Christ.
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