WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to GOD who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…
May 30, 2017
ENTERING INTO PARTNERSHIP
Philippians 4:14 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)
But you did the right thing by entering into partnership with me in my suffering.
Many people have a Facebook account. Actually, “many” is little when we look at the specifics and statistics: There were 1.15 billion mobile daily active users as at December 2016 and more than 1.94 billion monthly active Facebook users in March 2017. While many people know Mark Zuckerberg as the founder, there were co-founders who were Mark’s friends in school: Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, and Chris Hughes.
Many people know Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft who became the world’s richest man. Bill couldn’t have done it without his partner: Paul Allen. Many people know Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. Steve had a namesake, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne as partners. Apple’s total assets in 2016 was US$321.686 billion, and the company has over 100,000 employees.
Many businesses thrive on partnership. Even the businesses that are founded by one person require many people in order to take lift. To begin with, there’s no such thing as a market without people. Partnership is a godly principle for spreading the gospel. Philippians 4:14 NTE begins with “but” because it’s a continuation of the popular verse, Philippians 4:13 where Paul says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Paraphrased, Paul then says “(even though) I can do all things…we can achieve more through partnership”. We do the right thing by entering into partnership.
CONFESSION: Lord, I’ll partner with You and spread the gospel to the ends of the earth.
PRAYER: Help me Lord to love the things You love. Help me be passionate about making You famous.
FURTHER READING: Phil 4:13-19, Titus 3:14, Gal 6:6.