Faith in Action – Day 10

June 10
Jon Oliphant
Pastoral Intern
First ARP Church Gastonia

The call to put our faith into action is one of the most humbling, yet glorious, opportunities the
Lord gives. The fact is, because Christ has fully paid for our sins and brought us into a right
relationship with the Father, we are enabled to live out the hope of the gospel. This takes
courage, but courage that comes not from us, but from the Holy Spirit.

One passage the Lord has laid on my heart recently regarding the call to pursue faithfulness is
Philippians 2:3-4. Paul writes, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility
count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own
interests, but also to the interests of others.” A key component to living as God calls is dying to
self and living for God and others. This involves setting aside our own agendas and seeking the
best interests of people around us.

We need to be clear; this is not a flashy gig nor one that will make us famous. In fact, in some
senses it is not even that radical. However, it is faithful – exactly what God desires (Matt. 25:23).
Pastor Kevin DeYoung notes, “The best churches are full of gospel-saturated people holding
tenaciously to a vision of godly obedience and God’s glory, and pursuing that godliness and
glory with relentless, often unnoticed, plodding consistency.”
As a part of my seminary studies and ministry in the church, I have had the privilege of giving
counsel to a variety of folks. These verses from Philippians 2 have been a passage I have turned
to regularly to encourage people struggling to live as God calls. It has been a joy to see how
commitment to the Lord through living out these verses has brought change to several of God’s
people.

Yet not only has this verse impacted me in ministry, but it has also shaped my everyday life.
From the way I interact with my wife, to the way I strive to love those in our neighborhood who
do not know Christ, the Lord has used these verses to remind me how I am to live. May the
Lord remind you as well of the importance of counting others more than yourself and looking to
their interests before your own. And may you do so for the glory of the God who made you and
loves you.