Life lived in gratefulness for His love
Above all else, you must live in a way that brings honor to the good news about Christ. Then, whether I visit you or not, I will hear that all of you think alike. I will know that you are working together and that you are struggling side by side to get others to believe the good news. Philippians 1:27 (CEV) The Apostle Paul is always grateful for the opportunity to be called by God. This is why from the text, he admonished the Christians at Philippi that the way they lived their lives ought to be worthy of Christ who had called them. He is thankful that through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, he obtained a relationship with God and he found the purpose of his life. “We thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have heard of your faith in Christ and of your love for all of God’s people, because what you hope for is kept safe for you in heaven. You first heard about this hope when you believed the true message, which is the good news” (Colossians 1:3-5). Paul understood that until people believed the gospel, they will remain spiritually dead and therefore without hope. “Let Christ make you alive, when he forgave all our sins” (Colossians 2:13). Paul understood that the world will continue to thumb its nose to the Gospel because it sounds like foolishness to the world. But He believed that it is in the sharing of the gospel that the power of God is manifested that brings eternal life to those who accept it. “I am proud of the good news! It is God’s powerful way of saving all people who have faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles” (Romans 1:16). His life had been completely transformed by the gospel that is why his intention is to live his life to honor the gospel. It would have been outrageous to be saved from sin and death by the blood of Christ and then show no devotion to Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. It will be foolish to accept the love of Christ and then not to reciprocate in love. Your life coupled with your proclamation of the gospel become your expression of your tribute to the matchless grace that your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has provided you.