Living life with no regrets
Live lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. Philippians 2:15-16
From the text, the apostle Paul realizing his imminent death expressed his joy that he did not labor in vain. He pictured himself standing before God and expressed to His presence that he did not have any regret living his life following Him. You could just imagine the anticipation Paul had thinking now that he is in God’s presence, he could experience the secrets found in heaven. At last, he will behold the beauty and glory of God. Eyes will be opened to see all the mysteries of the universe and the power that holds everything. Now he could see the resources of heaven, the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, and the reality of what sustained him during times of trials. As you witness the greatness of God, you will realize how much God took great care for you while you were here on earth and that you were nowhere near in danger of being overtaken by Satan for God’s hand was upon you. All this, according to Paul, was the reason why he held firmly to the word of life. On that day, He did not want to look back and say with regret, “How did I miss that?” Or “Why didn’t I fully trust God and His promises in His word?” Paul’s challenge for every believer in Christ is that not to doubt God and His promises for they are true and He will fulfill them. Doubting God will deviate you from His purpose for your life. Not holding on to His promises will derail you from trusting Him especially when you are facing sufferings in life. Could you say with Paul that your labor are not in vain because you remain steadfast in your faith to God?