One of the joys of being a Pastor is living a life of study. I get the privilege of spending large portions of my day reading and studying the Bible.One of the studies I am currently working on is the book of Philippians. A practice I have when I am teaching through a book of the Bible is to try and sit down and read through the entire book at least once a week. I do this to try to keep the “big picture” of the book in mind. As I was reading through Philippians, one of the thoughts that seemed to leap out of this letter is living a life worthy of the Gospel (Philippians 1:27). But, how do we do it?
- We stand firm in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ (1:27)
- We remain confident in the face of suffering and opposition (1:28-29)
- We humbly consider others and their interests more important than our own (2:3)
- We don’t grumble or complain (2:14)
- We put no confidence in the flesh (i.e. our own efforts, good deeds, and religious attainments) (3:3)
- We treasure Jesus above all things and long for His return (3:7ff)
As I reflect on this list, I am so thankful for the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t always live a life worthy of the gospel, but I do know that Jesus is a forgiving and redeeming Lord. In His love, he accepts unworthy people like you and me, and changes us. He slowly and persistently changes us, so that are lives do begin to be worthy of the Gospel.
Where are you at in this process? Have you put your faith in Jesus, or are you still putting confidence in your own efforts? If you are not sure of your relationship with Jesus, please read “What is Christianity all About?”. If you have, take time to praise God for His magnificent love and patience. Then, ask Him to help you identify one of these areas that you need to grow in. Then, prayerfully plan at least one specific thing you can do today to live worthy of the Gospel.