I think it is safe to say that I, like most people, live an emotion driven life. The majority of the time I allow whatever state my emotions are in, to drive my conduct.
When life is going great, it is easy to live my life worthy of the gospel. When life is not going great…well let’s just say it is a little harder.
As hard as this is for me as an adult, the adventure of teaching my kids how to act is an interesting testing of patience. As a parent, you know that your kids are a reflection of you. They pick up your mannerisms, your facial expressions, and even the phrases you say.
When they are not around you, you hope that they are not going to say or do anything that they shouldn’t. You want people to look at them and see the good in you shining through them.
This is the same with God and Paul knew this. If anyone had the right to complain it was Paul, but he tried constantly to live in a way that reflected Christ. He wanted people to see Christ shining through him regardless of where he found himself or how bad his life got. After being beaten and imprisoned on several occasions he writes in Phil 1:27,
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
I would love for that to be my story. For people to one day be able to say about me, no matter what was going on, that I lived a life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
That is not gonna happen by accident. This is a choice that you and I have to make. Living in this manner has to be intentional. Let’s make that choice together today and live the life that reflects the love and joy of Christ…a life worthy of the gospel of Christ!
How could you intentionally live this week “in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ”? What would that look like? What might you say or do differently?