Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ… (Philippians 1:27).
The big question is—what does conduct “worthy of the gospel of Christ” look like? I believe Paul identifies at least 15 characteristics in just the next 20 or so verses…
- It is not a people-pleasing lifestyle. It is a God-honoring, Spirit-lead, Christ-glorifying lifestyle.
- It is steadfast, which means it perseveres even through the trials and difficulties.
- It is a heart and mind unified with other Christians.
- It is bold—“without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.”
- It is strengthened in Christ and it is in constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
- It overflows with loving comfort, affection, and mercy to those around it.
- It humbly serves others while confidently refreshing itself in Christ.
- It strives to live as Jesus did, seeking always for God to be glorified.
- It is obedient to the conviction and direction of the Holy Spirit.
- It finds pleasure in doing God’s will.
- It doesn’t complain.
- It is a blameless and harmless life.
- It shines a light that attracts others to God’s love.
- It holds fast to the Word of life for the long haul.
- It is a rejoicing, contented lifestyle.
Heavenly Father, may it always be said of my life that it is one that is worthy of the gospel of Christ. May I always be sensitive to the nudges of the Holy Spirit to keep my life aligned in this way. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!