Today’s scripture: Philippians 1:27-28
“… let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ …”
Today’s verses start with a huge dose of conviction for me—and perhaps for you
as well. Is my conduct worthy of the gospel? If someone I know “absent” from me
hears of me, would she know I’m a follower of Christ?
Or even more convicting, do nonbelievers see us and see a body of believers who
are united? Who are “striving together for the faith of the gospel”? Do they
see boldness? Unabashed joy and desire to share God’s word?
Instead, do they see a group of people who are so focused on our adversaries
we’re timid? Afraid to tell others of our hope of salvation?
A quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi says, “It is no
use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”
I pray for all of us that we not only “talk our talk,” but we always “walk our
walk.” May our conduct reflect our Lord—always.