Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel…” vs. 27Philippians 1:27-30
There’s a lot we can get away with as followers of Jesus. After all, we have been set free in Christ from all the restrictions of the law, and can pretty much do as we please. And some do! These folks follow the impulses of their flesh and pretty much talk, cheat, and drink their way through life, with little thought of consequences. As long as they don’t kill or steal, pretty much every vice is available to them. Since they will periodically show up for worship they’re fully aware of the unconditional love of God. Occasionally, when needs arise, they will even pray. Such is the life of the nominal Christian. It’s a good life! And not very costly! But still we wonder. Is this what Paul had in mind when he spoke of living our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ? It’s pretty obvious that the answer is no. When most Christians are more passionate about their sports teams than they are the faith of the gospel, our congregations will be impotent and dying. What’s the answer? Well, there’s no need to return to the days of fire and brimstone, but praise God for Spirit-filled followers of Jesus whose every word and deed is a reflection of the gospel!
Thought for the Day: What’s a nominal Christian?