My Musings – How does one go about living a life worthy of the Gospel when we are so unworthy? The secret is contained in the last part of the first chapter of Philippians and the first part of the second chapter. Living a worthy life is all about humble conduct. Attitude drives conduct and humility drives exaltation.
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5, NIV 1984).
Jesus has the very nature of God. And we are united with Christ.
He took the nature of a servant. So we look to the interests of others.
He humbly obeyed His Father. So, in humility we consider others better than ourselves.
God exalted Jesus to the highest place. And made us shine like stars.
So what does it look like? Encouragement from being united with Christ. Comfort from his love. Fellowship with the Spirit. Tenderness and compassion. Complete joy from being like-minded. Being one in spirit and purpose. Doing nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
My Advice – Do you want to live a life worthy of the Gospel of Christ? Be like-minded in attitude. Do you want to share in His exaltation? Humble yourself under His mighty hand and He will lift you up. Do this “without complaining or arguing.” You’ll have plenty of opportunities to do both. “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him.” (Philippians 1:29, NIV 1984). But this is the price we pay to become “blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which [we] shine like stars in the universe as [we] hold out the word of life.” (Philippians 2:15–16, NIV 1984). That, my friends, is living a life worthy of the Gospel.
Today’s musing was inspired by Pastor Nate Miller’s sermon “Fueled Living – Focus & Unity” on September 22, 2019. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you too.