Righteous Approval

10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God (Philippians 1).

This word “approve” means “to deem worthy” and is the same word Paul used in Romans 1:28 to describe the activity of unbelievers who “did not see fit to acknowledge (‘approve’) God any longer.”  He then continued with a list of 21 very unsavory descriptions of such people, with “unrighteousness” placed at the head of that list.  Here in Philippians we see a simple list of 2 descriptions concerning those who “approve the things that are excellent” — that they are “sincere and blameless” — yet, these two qualities come only as the result of the “righteousness” of Christ being put within them.

Bottom line, the righteousness of Christ within us causes us to “approve” God Himself, as well as all the things of God — everything He is, and everything He does.  We deem Him and whatever He does as worthy of all “glory and praise.”  What a beautiful thing — that all “glory and praise” comes to God in the fact that sinners become those who turn from not deeming Him and His works worthy, to those who do. 

Lord, You are indeed worthy of all glory and praise, and whatever You do is worthy of all glory and praise.  The fact that we are even able to believe and say this, makes You worthy of all glory and praise.  Help us This Day to bring You added glory and praise in all that we do.  Amen.