Above Suspicion

Fifth Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

READ : Philippians 1:27-30

The decade of the 1980’s saw the downfall of two prominent televangelists. Their flamboyant and materialistic lifestyle and personal moral indiscretions brought much shame to Christianity.

Unfortunately, every now and then I hear of a similar shaming of Christ’s church on a local level because of a pastor’s moral failure. Whenever Christian leaders act like Hollywood, the church suffers in reputation and in evangelistic impact.

I wonder whether such people would act that way if Jesus or the Apostle Paul were walking beside them. Would they boldly engage in immorality if they knew the physical eyes of Jesus or Paul were watching them?

I think not! Most immoral deeds are done in private. Yet in today’s passage Paul instructs the Philippians to live lives worthy of the gospel whether he is personally present or not, whether they are out in the open or behind closed doors. He wants them to do nothing anywhere that will bring shame to the name of the Lord.

Don’t ever forget, dear friend, that the eyes of Jesus


watching you. Don’t do anything that will embarrass him or bring shame to his name.

written by Verlyn Verbrugge


Lord, let my manner of life be worthy of your gospel. In your name I pray. Amen.