Worthy of the gospel?
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. (Phil 1:27-28)
Do you live in a manner that is worthy of the gospel of Christ? When we tell others we are a Christian our lives should reflect and exhibit certain conduct, attitudes, and hopes. Those will grow over time as we mature in our walk.
Have you ever been challenged about your conduct and if you are living in a manner that is worthy? I have been daily asking myself if I am living in a manner that is worthy. Do my priorities, values, activities, and goals reflect this? Does my communication? Do my actions?
A few days ago I was watching an episode of an old TV show, Early Edition. In that show one of the main characters was talking with a friend from church. The characters were both supposed to be active attenders who were actively involved at a church. That tells me they were proclaiming to be a Christian. Their speech though was critical of others, angry, unforgiving, unloving, impatient, lacking self-control, and rude. My heart ached as I watched it because that is the image of Christians that is being given to the world. If that behavior is shown as okay and acceptable for Christians then what sets us apart?
Christian’s lives should be marked by love, grace, humility, hope, forgiveness, and unity. We should love without bounds, forgive repeatedly, pursue after and hold onto relationships, and have a hope and peace that others do not carry. Let me ask again, do you conduct yourself in a manner that is worthy of the gospel? Don’t change for the gospel, let it change you!