Persevering In The Faith

Daily God Walk for Wednesday November 4, 2009

  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 one spirit, contending as one man for the faith.  – Philippians 1:27

 

How do we conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ? That question becomes particularly pertinent in the light of salvation and right relationship with God by grace through faith alone. In Ephesians Paul tells us that it is the grace of God alone and not of any works that man can do that releases salvation to mankind (2:8).

If Paul is not talking about performance, or works, what is he talking about? In reading this book it seems that Paul was preoccupied with suffering and death. In chapter one he writes of life and death and the consequence of either. In chapter two he talks about suffering, particularly the suffering of Christ. In chapter three he talks about his own desire to be “Worthy of the fellowship of sharing in his suffering.”

It is in this context that he calls the church at Philippi to be worthy of the gospel of Christ. He speaks of “standing firm,” and “contending for the faith.” These terms indicate that faith in Christ is free but it does not come cheap. There is a personal commitment required to walk in the grace that God has afforded those who would believe.

To be worthy of the gospel we must be willing to stand in the face of opposition and endure persecution to the point of ultimate sacrifice. To be worthy of the gospel is to say with Paul, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). To be worthy of the gospel we must be committed to persevere in every circumstance; We must agree with Paul, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty… I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12-13).

 Principle: To be worthy of the gospel we must be willing to stand in the face of opposition and even persecution.

 Affirmation: I am committed to being worthy of the grace of God.

 Prayer: Lord, the this life has a strong attraction to me. I am often conflicted with a desire for you and the world. Help me to worthy of you. Amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 53– Ezra 3-4 – 2 Peter 1 –   Proverbs 4

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