Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Philippians 1:27a NIV
This verse speaks to me deeply because it is so easy to excuse myself to live less than God wants for me, when circumstances do not unfold the way I might hope. The Scripture says, “whatever happens.” This implies that, whatever develops in my life, any circumstance that presents itself, takes place, or transpires. Nothing is stated that only when good happens, or only when it is convenient that I should do what follows in this verse. It clearly states that my circumstances do not decide how I respond. “Whatever happens” may be the test to reveal how committed I really am.
It goes on to tell us what we are to do with “whatever happens.” It says, “conduct yourselves” implying that this is a personal responsibility. That I am responsible for how I conduct myself. Not how I try to make someone else respond, but how I respond. Conduct is how one handles, directs, guides, or takes charge. In this verse, it would be saying, handle yourself, guide yourself, direct yourself, or take charge of yourself.
How do I direct myself? In a “manner” a style, way, tone, and right attitude. Again personal responsibility. There is a manner by which one is to direct themselves. This manner or way is to be found worthy of the gospel.
Worthy is deserving, true, trustworthy, dependable, praiseworthy, credible, and worth. Of the gospel, the good news, and of truth.
Of Christ Jesus. This is not just any gospel we are called to live worthy of. It is the gospel of Christ, our Saviour, our Redeemer, our Friend, our Hope, our More than Enough.
So in essence, I am personally seeing the call to set my hope fully in God. To choose that whatever develops in my life whether knowingly or by surprise, I am called to direct myself with a right attitude that is found trustworthy of the truth of Christ, my More than enough.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts again and how this can be applied.