Pastor Paul's Perspective

How To Surprise Your Mother-In-Law

And Become All That God Intends

Sometimes it's hard to see beyond the here and now. To see beyond what we are today to what we might, by God's grace, become. It may be because of this that the following statement is true:

"Behind every successful man is a surprised mother-in-law."

Again: It's funny because it's true . . .

For the follower of Christ, we know that we are not "now" what we will "become" as God starts and then, one day, completes a work in us.  . . .

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you
will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Philippians 1:6

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

Our focus this Sunday, January 20, will be in Philippians 2:12-18 where the Apostle Paul challenges the church of Philippi (and us today) to do certain things "new" (v.12) in order to "become" (v.15) what God intends for us to be.

"Now" we should be:

  • obedient (v.12)
  • working out our salvation (v.12) as God works in us (v.13)
  • avoiding all complaining and disputing (v.19)

And when we do this "now", by God's grace and His work in us, we will "become":

  • blameless
  • harmless
  • without fault
  • lights
  • holding fast to the Gospel


Sounds so simple, but here's the conflict: we will never "become" if we are not "now" living as Christ desires us to live.

Too many in the church wonder why they aren't becoming more godly or more righteous or less grumpy or less cantankerous. I find the answer in Philippians 2:12-13: because you're not obeying and God is not at work in you. (v.13).

If I (and you) would only obey and allow God's Spirit to be at work in us, and if only I (and you) would stop our bellyachin' and start submitting to God's will and purpose in our lives, we would then "become" what God intends for us to become (and we'd surprise our mothers-in-law ).

I hope to see you this Sunday as we keep Sundays sacred and gather together at church.

See you Sunday,
Pastor Paul

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