by Shirley Woolley
Php 1:27 NKJV – “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, … “
To let our conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, and to be unified in the truth is very important. For this we daily need the help of the Holy Spirit. We need the Holy Spirit to give us power to stand. To be unified as believers, we must stand together to fight for the faith, which is the Good News.
THERE IS POWER IN UNITY
In the following verse we see Paul encouraging us to work in harmony together.
Php 4:2 NLT – “Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement.“
Paul appealed to Euodia and Syntyche to be of one mind and settle their disagreements. We can work together for the same cause and yet be in a broken relationship with others. However, there is no excuse for remaining unreconciled. Disputes do not resolve themselves, so, if necessary, it is wise to seek help from those known as peacemakers.
It is very important to remember that we live by the gospel as we exercise faith in Jesus Christ, and daily repentance is imperative for our daily walk which, as a believer, must correspond to our blessed position as a child of God and fellow heir with Jesus Christ. Our citizenship is in heaven, and we must allow the scriptures to change our way of thinking.
CONSTANTLY RENEWING OUR MIND
Rom 12:2 NKJV – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Colossians 3:7-8 urges us to get rid of the old life and put on the nature given by Christ. Daily we must consciously choose to center our life on God. Use the Bible to discover God’s guidelines, and then follow them.
The world system is always trying to conform Christians to its very image. Never turn away from the truth of the Scriptures. Whether in the classroom, the workplace, the media, through TV and music, it is important that your calling be worthy of the gospel of Christ. The world will try to influence the Christian to give up their ground. In our daily yielding to Christ, we are being changed into the image of Jesus and into His likeness. That which has been stolen in the Garden of Eden is being restored again. This is a lifelong process.
The believer’s life must always be honest and honourable. Let all our conduct, our conversation, business transactions, modes of dress, style of living, entertainment etc, speak of a life worthy of our calling. We are the salt and the light and by the power of the Holy Spirit let us be people of truth and uprightness.