As I was studying this morning I came across this from Mitchell and thought I would include in today's blog yesterday's message it just feels appropriate! may God bless you as you read and may the Good News of the Gospel come alive in your life.
Are You Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel?
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, Philippians 1:27. What does a life worthy of the Gospel message look like? For us to answer this question we must first define what the Gospel is. What is the Gospel? The word gospel simply means “good news.” The central message of the Bible is the gospel, or good news, about the person and work of Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:1–4, Paul provides the best summary of the gospel: the man Jesus is also God, or Christ, and died on a cross in our place, paying the penalty for our sins; three days later He rose to conquer sin and death and give the gift of salvation to all who believe in Him alone for eternal life. God gave up His Son for you and me. Jesus Christ came to this earth and lived a life poured out for other people. Jesus who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8). Jesus says, ‘he came to seek and to save that which was lost,’ Luke 19:10. He said that, ‘I the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and give my life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). This is the Gospel message so how can I live a life worthy of this news. I think the only way to live a life worthy of this good news is by living a life, which emulates this Gospel. 1 John 2:6 says “whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked”. We must live a life poured out for other people. Not a life that is self-serving or self indulging, but a life that is a living sacrifice for Him (Romans 12:1). The closer I draw to the Lord the more I realize this life is not about me and my comforts, but about furthering His kingdom and living a life of gratitude in service to Him. I think when we really grab hold to this we won’t have to call ourselves Christians. It won’t be a name we ascribe to ourselves, but it will be a name that others ascribe to us. I want to live a life worthy of this Gospel and I hope and pray that you do as well. God Bless!
May you walk worthy today!
Brother Big Da