“Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Phil 1:27)

Oh this is huge! Spend some time this morning meditating on this command.

We find it in a number of other places in Scripture:

“I therefore, a prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”. (Eph 4:1)

“Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col 1:10)

“We exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory” (1 Thess 2:12)

It’s important we don’t get the wrong idea here. What these passages aren’t saying is that we can act in such a way as to merit or deserve God’s favour. Remember it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, not by works (Eph 2:8, 9). The focus in these texts is rather the worth and the value of the gospel of Christ. The point is that “God is worthy of our complete and unqualified dedication and devotion”. Sam Storms helpfully explains:

“Our great Triune God and the marvellous and undeserved kindness that is ours in the gospel are of such infinite value, so exalted and beautiful and full of glory, that we should always live in such a way that it be known. Our lives, by his grace, should reflect positively on God. People should walk away from having observed us saying, “My goodness, what an incredible God he/she believes in!” Our aim isn’t to evoke from them praise and admiration of who we are, but praise and admiration of who he is! Jesus, the cross, the gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone, are worthy of lives that reflect on their value, not ours.”

Wow. The challenge for us then is this: How will we display the infinite value of God and his gospel in the way we act and speak and think and consume and relate to others today?

Daniel Budd