Belly Slaves


road-to-emmaus: luke 24 toward Emmaus

“…whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” (Philippians 3: 19)

Paul says this of people without Christ, who in his estimation are living as walking dead. Interesting that this should be found in his joyful letter to the Philippians. There he is demonstrating a kind of indomitable life that is not deterred by the prospect of incarceration, straightness, lack or even death. He says repeatedly to his correspondents that they have every reason to rejoice.

In the fourth chapter he spells out a formula for victorious mental health and hope (verses 6-8). In the third chapter he relates how challenged he has been to exercise himself toward Christ-likeness and the joyful finish line of holy living and fellowship (verses 10-14).

Have you ever found that in sharing some aspect of your faith journey or observations, the listener seems half-asleep, expressionless, even…

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