READING: Philippians 1-4
“Live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
Sometimes just one sentence from the Word is enough to give you pause – enough to cause you to reflect, evaluate, and change as needed. Actually, there are several of these kinds of verses in the book of Philippians; for example, just the first two chapters have several:
- “I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:6)
- “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21)
- “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.” (Phil. 2:3)
- “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:8)
It’s another verse that most grabs my attention today, however: “Just one thing: As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Phil. 1:27). Pam and I may have many possessions, but I’m reminded again today that this world is not ultimately our home. Those latter words sound to me like the lyrics to a gospel quartet song, but they’re much more than that – they are reality. We are citizens of heaven, and that truth must change the way we live. Our lives are to so model Christ that we bring no shame on the gospel.
Christian integrity is a non-negotiable for the believer who continually lives with eternity in mind.
- Be a person of integrity. Bring no shame on the gospel.
- Live only for Jesus today.
PRAYER: “Help me, Father, to bring no shame to Your name.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Philemon, Colossians 1-4