SCRIPTURE: Philippians 1:27 (NIV) 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Regardless of who is with us or not we are to live in a way that represents that we are children of God.
Paul had a special love, respect, and appreciation for the church at Philippi. It was one of the most mature of the churches described in the New Testament. Nevertheless, its members had a few problems, some of them potentially serious. Like every church in every age, they needed to be on guard against false teachers and repudiate those in the congregation who were "enemies of the cross of Christ". The apostle knew that it does not take long even for a faithful church to slip into indifference and eventually into moral and doctrinal error.
In 1:27-30 Paul turns from the autobiographical emphasis of the first part of the letter to focus on the Philippian congregation. He calls on the Philippians to maintain their spiritual commitment, to continue to behave in a way that is consistent with the power of the gospel. He calls them to look carefully into their own hearts to determine if they have spiritual integrity. That appeal applies, of course, to every follower of Jesus Christ in every place and time.
Because he believed it was necessary for their spiritual well-being, Paul was confident that the Lord would allow him to "remain and continue with [them] for [their] progress and joy in the faith, so that [their] proud confidence in [him] may abound in Christ Jesus through [his] coming to [them] again" (1:25-26). But regardless of what happened to him, he implored, Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,... whether I come and see you or remain absent. What truly mattered was their consistent, holy conduct. Above all, Paul wanted their lives to reflect worthily on the gospel of Christ. It is a truth the apostle reiterates implicitly throughout the letter and explicitly in the next chapter, admonishing them: "Prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain" (2:15-16).
MacArthur New Testament Commentary
Lord I pray that the way I live will not depend on who is with me or not. I want to live a godly life regardless of my audience, a life that bears fruit and brings glory to you.
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