Philippians 1:27-30 (NIV)
27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
Who are you when…. You’re at school? When you’re at home? When no one is looking? When you’re on the court or field?
As Christians, sometimes we have different ways of acting depending on who we are talking to or who we are around. We are expected to act certain ways depending on where we are and who we are with. When we are with our family we act one way. When we are at youth group or church we act another way. When we are just with our friends we act completely differently.
In the passage above Paul tells us, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Whatever is a really general term. It’s all inclusive, an all-encompassing term that covers everything. I think that Paul uses this term for this reason: he meant for it to cover all your life. “Whatever happens…” Whether we are at school, home, with our friends or by ourselves, we are to act in a way that would make Jesus proud. We are to glorify God in everythingthat we do, not just when we are in certain places or at certain times. When we do this, we are following what God told us to do.
If there are places in your life that need worked on, what should you do? You should identify these areas in your life and then tell a trusted Christian (mentor, accountability partner, pastor). After this, figure out a plan of how to work on this area. Maybe it’s not being around a certain person, not being home alone, having someone to ask the hard questions, or something else. Come up with a plan and work with someone that will keep you to this plan.
Here are some questions to ask yourself today:
1. What areas of your life would God be proud of?
2. What areas of your life need worked on?
3. What can you do today to improve in these areas?
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