Wednesday, July 20, 2016
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27 ESV
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is powerful!
Daily we are to remind ourselves of what it means to be a child of God, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, forgiven of our sins, liberated from the clutches of the enemy, delivered from the power of sin, restored to our original place of authority on the earth, filled with His Spirit, anointed to serve and empowered to be salt and light in the world.
We are not a defeated people. You are not a failure. Through Christ we are victorious! In Him, you overcome!
THIS is what we must meditate on – the truth of what God has done in our lives through Jesus Christ.
Today we are encouraged from the word of God to live a life that is worthy of this Gospel – in short, we should not live defeated, aimless, powerless, miserable, fragmented and selfish lives. Rather, we have been filled with resurrection power to live lives of victory, purpose, power, joy, focus and unity.
The same Gospel of Christ which is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes – is also able to transform us – making us whole – body, soul and spirit – so that we can live in unity within ourselves and with others.
As we work on our internal unity, we will be better able (and more available) to unite with others. We will be able to stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.
This is the high calling…. The Body of Christ has an assignment to share the good news of Jesus Christ with a world desperately in need. And we need YOU – all of you – to function. Friends, together we are stronger. Together, we can do it!