Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:27-30
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side beside for the faith of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:27)
Let’s be sure that we understand what Paul is saying here. He is not saying that we are worthy of the gospel. None of us is worthy of the gospel. The gospel by definition is good news for sinful, fallen people. It is about God’s grace and mercy bestowed upon unworthy people. The gospel tells us that we are a whole lot worse off then we think we are, but that we are more loved and accepted by God than we ever hoped we could be through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
The gospel is about the sacrificial love of God. It is about a Savior who left glory and came to live among us. It is about the One who came to suffer and die for our sins. It is about the forgiveness and reconciliation we sinful people experience at the expense of our Beloved Savior.
What Paul is saying to us is that we are to live our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. This means we live a life of humility, servanthood, and sacrifice. It means that we respond to the sacrificial love of Christ in obedience, seeking to please Him in all that we do. It means that we stand firm in Christ, not wavering in our faith. And it means striving side by side with other believers for the faith of the gospel.
Lord Jesus, I know that I am not worthy of the gospel. I confess that I am a sinner who is in desperate need of You and the salvation You make possible. However, I desire to honor You with the way that I live. I pray that today You give me strength to live my life in a manner worthy of the gospel.
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