Today’s Missions Prayer Request: North American Mission Board. Church planting initiatives around the USA and Canada. Visit namb.net for more info.
Today you should read: Philippians 1:27-30
This is just a small section of Scripture, but it packs a punch.
Aside from my role at CPC Richmond, I have worked 12 years full-time and the past 1.5 years as part-time staff with a college ministry called Cru. Our desire is to give every student on campus an opportunity to respond to the claims of Christ, build up believers in their faith, and send them out to have a ministry of their own while in college and beyond graduation. My main role with Cru has involved going to campuses in Kentucky to launch new student-led movements. Some new movements have launched and gone well, while some have not gone so well. Morehead State Cru is an example of a movement that launched and is going well.
I can sort of relate with Paul when he wrote, “Only conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,…”(vs. 27). I only go to Morehead State once a week at most. When I leave campus, all I can do is trust God and count on our student leaders to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the gospel. If they don’t represent themselves and Christ well, our movement will die. Unless they walk with the Lord and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), growth and gospel-impact is next to impossible.
Maybe you’ve heard it said that “the biggest harm to the Christian cause is Christians.” You’ve likely heard someone say the reason they don’t want to come to church is because of hypocrites in the church. I don’t buy that excuse for not coming to church because there are hypocrites at the grocery stores where they shop, restaurants where they eat, etc., but they still go to those places. But, I get their point. We represent the gospel. We represent Christ. If we don’t conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel, then we won’t do well at making Christ known, and therefore we’ll become a hindrance to the movement.
It may require some changes in my life, but I desire to conduct myself in a manner worthy of the gospel today. I am reminded of God’s grace as I think about areas where I fall short, but God still loves me and is molding me to make me more like Himself for His glory.
The second thing I want to briefly point out is in verse 29. We have been granted the privilege to believe in Christ AND the privilege to suffer for Him. Did you get that? Paul said the believers were granted the privilege of suffering for Christ.
So, as we represent Christ and experience suffering for the gospel, we can rejoice in this privilege. We can rejoice as we, in some way, unite with Christ in His trials. See, Acts 5:41, Col. 1:24, 1 Peter 4:13, and James 1:2 for more Scripture on the privilege of suffering for Christ.
Posted by: Rich Duffield