Bible Reading: Philippians 1:18-30
Last week, we focused on living for Christ and not for ourselves. How would our lives change if we lived by the motto, “To live is Christ, to die is gain”? To continue from this thought, this week I want us to key in on another phrase found in 1:27. Paul writes, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ”. To live as Christ, we must act in a way that is worthy of Him. As a church, Paul gives a few practical ways we do this: standing firm in our faith in Christ, being united in our thoughts and actions to promote the gospel, and to be courageous together in the face of opposition. The people of God, though made up of many individuals, is meant to be untied as one people under God. You and I are members of the Church, and we have individual responsibilities to live worthy of God and His gospel. We can discuss specific matters, but we must realize that our individual responsibilities are never far removed from our church responsibilities.
As an individual believer, how can you live worthy of the gospel of Christ? One way is by abstaining from sin. If there is anything in your life that is not pleasing and disobedient to God, or could lead someone away from Christ, then you must remove it. Not only are we removing wicked things from our lives, but we are replacing them with godly, pure and good things. Instead of selfish ambitions, Christians strive to do charitable works. Instead of stealing, we freely give. Instead of bitterness and revenge, we forgive and work for peace. Instead of lust and adultery, we promote faithfulness and purity. Every word we speak and thing we do should reflect the life and love of our Savior. We proclaim to the world that we belong to God, so how we carry ourselves reflects on God. When the world around you observes your life, they draw a picture of your Savior. As they draw that picture, humbly strive to show them the amazing love and grace of our Heavenly Father.
Application: Merriam-Webster dictionary defines worthy as something having value, or something that has merit and honor. The competitor who spells all the words correctly is worthy to be called the Spelling Bee Champion. Paul tells us to live our lives in such a way that we are worthy of being called a child of God. Make no mistake, Paul is not telling us to earn God’s love and salvation. We know from Scripture that we do not deserve and cannot earn salvation, but it is a precious gift from God. As God’s redeemed sons and daughters, our lives should be entirely devoted to living for God and making Him known. His love and salvation has impacted us so deeply, that we cannot help but live for Him. Living a life worthy of the gospel cannot be faked but flows from a genuine and sincere heart. As you fall in love with Jesus, walking worthy of the gospel will occur as His Spirit works in you and through you. Seek Him daily through His Word and in prayer and let the Spirit of God grow your love for Jesus and transform your life from the inside out.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the salvation and love you have given to us. There is nothing in this world greater or that could ever compare to you. Help me to live a life worthy of the gospel, and may my life reflect you to the world around me. I love you, my Lord and my God. Amen.