Discern the Excellent Things

Philippians 1:10

“That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.”

As God’s children, we are exhorted to “approve things that are excellent”. The word “approve” comes from the Greek word (dokimazō) which means “to examine, prove or discern”. Normally this word is used to refer to the metal purification process or the process by which purity and genuineness of the ancient coins were determined.

Here, the apostolic advice is that believers should carefully investigate every situation in life to determine what is the best possible conduct by which they can obey and please the Lord Jesus Christ. Such a decision to respond to our respective situations, in obedience to God’s Word, is the “excellent” choice that believers can make.

Believers with excellent conduct that is obedient to God will be “sincere and without offence till the day of Christ”. In other words, such lives will be honest and without deception. Moreover, their lives will be without any offence to Christ until the day when He returns. How wonderful are the lives of believers that will be without deception and offence to God and His people!

Prabhudas Koshy