Worthy of the Gospel
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.
There is some subtle wording that can easily be missed in today’s reading. We are to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. This we are to do! We always want to lay claim to our
faith, that we are in charge of saving ourselves. But the subtle wording shows us otherwise. “This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.
Then pick up on the wording of the next sentence “For it has been granted to you…” Wait a minute… who is the one that has “granted to you”. It is not you, but God! This subtle wording shows
and maintains that God is in charge of our salvation. After all, in Ephesians, it states in chapter 1: “4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In love 5 he[b] predestined us
for adoption to sonship[c] through
Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”
I pray: O
Lord, I give thanks that you have granted me your precious gifts and have set me apart. Your love for me is overwhelming. I repent of the way I carelessly do things my way instead of yours. Forgive me and restore me in your Kingdom.