"Only Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ."
“Making The Gospel Look Big”
By itself, that is a daunting challenge. Is it even possible to live in a way that is worthy of the gospel? Isn't the gospel- because it brings us eternal life in Jesus- of infinite worth? I don't know about you, but this calling feels impossible to me.
Thankfully, Paul does not leave us with an ambiguous command. He continues:
Only let your manner of life 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. (Philippians 1:27)
The apostle once again links the gospel's power to that eclectic, strange group of humanity assembled by the Holy Spirit into a new community called the body of Christ. The wealthy business-woman, the poor slave girl, and the blue-collar Joe stand together as a testimony to the power of the gospel in Philippi.
What does it look like to live life in a manner worthy of the gospel?
It looks like dying with Christ to one's self and being raised in Christ to walk in the newness of life with our brothers and sisters. It means living grace-filled lives that grant patience and mercy and gentleness for the spiritual journeys of others and a respect for the differences and idiosyncrasies we all bring to the Lord's table. The ground is level at the foot of Christ's cross. This is not an easy walk in our consumer culture in which everything is so polarized. From religion to politics to pop culture, everybody believes that their way is "the way".
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is worth living for yes, and it is worth dying for, of course, but we show it is supremely valuable to us when we deny ourselves and take up our crosses to be a blessing to the people who the gospel is calling us to.
Where in your life do you need to take up your cross? Where is God calling you to live a life worthy of the gospel?
*These devos are taken from Matt Chandler's book, To Live is Christ To Die is Gain.