September 18

Philippians 1:27-30

“Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit…” vs. 27

Paul was consistent in his proclamation of the pure gospel, and insisted that salvation came by grace, and not through obedience to the law. But he also believed with all of his heart that it makes a difference how followers of Jesus live. Here he tells the Philippians, who he loves dearly, that they should live their lives in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. That same injunction applies to believers of every age, and most especially today. The way we live is the best evangelism tool that we have, and nothing destroys the credibility of our witness faster than having our hypocritical behaviors exposed for all to see. Now we aren’t going to be able to avoid making mistakes, and we regularly miss the mark when it comes to purity. No one is expecting us to be perfect! In fact our imperfections, when openly acknowledged, add credibility to our testimony. But there is a way to live that brings glory to God and light to the world–and this is what Paul is talking about. We may not be able to define such a life precisely, but we will know it when we see it! And when we can learn to live that way, blessings abound!

Thought for the Day: What’s a characteristic of a gospel-worthy life?

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