“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 one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel.” Phil. 1:27
In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he is encouraging all believers to unify in both spirit and mind to live out the gospel.
How do you suppose Paul intended for us to live out our lives worthy of the gospel? Not alone. We all face struggles, obstacles, and suffering in our lives that can be road blocks for living out a Christ-centered life. There are times when, due to these roadblocks in our lives, it becomes so easy to put ourselves first. It can become easy to lose focus on Christ and not put others first, before ourselves. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)
Paul commands we support each other, our neighbors, our church, and our community, to unify and come together for the sake of the gospel. Unifying makes it possible to spread the word of the gospel and the promise of Christ’s love for us all.
I pray that whether I am by myself or with others, I always stand firm in my faith. I pray my fellow Christians and I keep a unified spirit and that we conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Amen.