Philippians 1:27a NIV
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Whatever takes place in my life, I, Freda, need to conduct myself in a manner that is worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Help me, Lord, to choose to lead my life in a manner that will honour and glorify you. In every season, whether in joy or in pain, may I live a life that is worthy of the gospel. Cause me to be intentional in my actions. Empower me to not allow my circumstances to dictate my response, but may godliness be my response in each of the challenges or difficulties that life brings my way. May I never be willing to dishonour your name with my actions or justify my behaviour when it does not represent the gospel or the Name of Christ well.
I get stuck on two words in this verse. They are “whatever” and “worthy”. This whatever happens is not easy to live. Yet, if the Word is telling me how to live, it has given me what I need to do what it is asking of me. This means I have to decide. I have a choice to make. I can make excuses and say, “it’s too hard”, or I can get mad at God when I don’t like the “whatever” in my life. Or I can choose to receive what He has made available for me, and live life differently. I want to be someone who chooses to receive what He has made available and to see Him in all things. I don’t want to be looking for the enemy, I want to be seeking for God in every moment. If I look, I will find him. He is there.
Then there is the “worthy” of the gospel. Wow. For me, this is heavy. My actions. Freda’s actions bear witness to the gospel I proclaim. I can’t pretend that my attitude, my actions, my choices don’t mean anything. They do. My choice to slip into an area of compromise in my life has implications to those around me about the message I carry. I want to be living a life worthy of the message I carry.
How does this apply? Freda needs to look for God in both the great and difficult moments. She also needs to evaluate her life in light of Truth and make adjustments to any area that could hinder the gospel that she is a witness of.