“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then . . . I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” (Philippians 1:27-28)
Paul is writing to some great friends of his, Christians in the town of Philippi. They were going through some rough times, being treated badly because they believed in Jesus. Paul could relate; he was writing this letter from prison for the same reason.
The letter is full of encouragement for believers, but Paul also urged his friends to do better. It matters how we live, he said, because people are watching. They’re looking to see if faith in Jesus makes any difference in the lives of those who trust Him.
What’s your salvation worth to you? he asks. Show its worth in how you live. And don’t make it a “personal thing.” Stand for what you believe together. Firmly. Fight for it together, so close that you seem like parts of the same person. Be fearless.
Think: Does standing and fighting and sharing real life with other Christians make us stronger? How can it make us fearless?
Pray: Ask God to help unbelievers see Jesus in you and the people in your church.
Do: Write down a few of the ways you do/could “stand firm in one spirit” and “contend as one man” with other believers in your life.Tweet