This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Charles Spurgeon. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Spurgeon” in the search box to read more entries.
The Best Of Neighbors
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27 KJV).
The word ‘conversation’ does not merely mean our talk with one another, but the whole course of our life and behavior in the world. The Greek word signifies the actions and the privileges of citizenship, and we are to let our whole citizenship, our actions as citizens of the New Jerusalem, be such as becomes the gospel of Christ. …
We are delighted to preach good high doctrine and to insist that salvation is of grace alone! But we are equally delighted to preach good high practice and to insist that a grace that does not make a man better than his neighbors is a grace that will never take him to heaven nor render him acceptable before God!
From The Gospel’s Power In A Christian’s Life
Some other translations of the text from Rev. Spurgeon’s sermon bring out the meaning:
- Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ (NIV)
- Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ (NLT)
- Live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ (Message)
I believe that Christians are not citizens of Planet Earth. Our citizenship is in a place called Heaven, and yet we are traveling on Earth during our present lifetime. While we are here, we need to conduct ourselves in such a way that we make our Homeland desirable for other Earthlings too.
Let’s live in a such a way that Earthlings will say, “I ❤️ those Christians!”
I shared a whole series of messages on living as “aliens and strangers” (as the apostle Peter calls Christians), which you may check out by clicking here.