Walk worthy of the gospel
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, Philippians 1:27
Bad behavior! We see a lot of it these days. The sad part is when you see it from other believers. Oh, how you would love to encourage them to stand fast in one spirit only to be struck down with arguments and more bad behavior.
Today’s verse is about having conduct or behavior worthy and representative of the gospel of Christ Jesus. Paul’s desire for the church at Philippi was that whether he was there in person or in spirit, that their conduct would be the same and that was to be working hard together for the faith of the gospel. He didn’t want them to be pretending that they were all in agreement when he was around and then arguing and disputing doctrines when he was gone. His desire was that they would walk out their purpose in life, worthy to carry the name Christian. He also wanted them to be able to do this effectively as they came together in agreement with one mind, striving together with each other not against one another.
Fast forward to today. Has that changed? If the apostle Paul were here today would he have a different desire for us? What about Jesus? Does He want anything less from His people? Well, He is here today and He desires that we would let our actions be reflective of the gospel so that those around us in today’s world would be drawn, not to us, but to Him and His great salvation.
Paul goes on to conclude this chapter with “Don’t in anyway be terrified/afraid of your enemies because that proves to them their destruction and your salvation.” He finishes up by saying, “we are all in this together”. It’s the same message for us today. We are all in this together, so lets encourage, spur on and live as though we are citizens of heaven, because we are!
Today I want to encourage you to conduct yourself in a way that truly represents the cross. Take on the attitude that Jesus did as He hung on the cross for those in your sphere of influence. The attitude of “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.” Then do everything within your power to work together with other believers to get the message out to this lost and dying world. Become a person that is the same godly influence whether you are at work and in your neighborhood. Conduct yourself as though Jesus is right with you wherever you go, because He is.
Today’s scripture reading: Philippians 1:27-30