Even before anything changed – actually, thousands of years before we even existed – God, through the Apostle Paul, gave us the expectation to live worthy of the gospel. As Christ followers, God desires that we live our lives in such a way that our testimony and confidence is evident to all.
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.” Philippians 1:27-28
According to this passage, there is a clear expectation that Christians will face opposition. It is in the midst of these obstacles that we are commanded to conduct ourselves in a manner that is worthy of the gospel. Two factors come to the forefront in our conduct: unity and confidence. We are unified in our faith and practices of sharing the gospel, and we are encouraged to be confident in God’s promises of hope and eternal life.
As we continue to seek God’s will as a church and pursue what pleases Him, we know that we will face opposition from within and without. It is important that we are certain about how we are seeking and following the direction that God is leading. It is necessary that we work and serve in unity. We may not see every decision eye-to-eye, but we must be unified in our goals and vision and supportive of one another along the journey.
Satan constantly opposes God’s work, and he wants to break apart or mislead God’s people. Not only should we work diligently in our own lives to live a life worthy of the gospel, but we should also work together as a church family to strive for the same results.
One of the best ways that we can become and remain unified is through prayer. God desires that we pray for our leadership and for one another. Please take some time now to pray for Pastor Josh and his family, as well as the other pastors and staff. Finally, pray for your fellow church members, those in your Life Group, and those you know from other areas of the church.
Pastor Brian Freerksen