READ : Philippians 1:27-30
Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. (v. 27)
A good deal of our practical, everyday living begins with the estimate we have of ourselves. It may be high or low, wise or foolish, but it informs the choices we make.
Today there are those who deny humanity’s privileged standing as the crown of creation. Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould has said that a crab is not lower or less complex than a human being in any meaningful way. Another argues: “All forms of life are equally remarkable and equally expendable.” It is hard to imagine that such views will not diminish and demoralize people. After all, how do you live a life worthy of someone no higher than a crab? More ominously, what happens when people are viewed as equally expendable with any other animal?
Paul calls us to live a life worthy of our identity as the beloved of God. This means, as Paul will spell out later, that selfish ambition, vain conceit, grumbling and angry disputes are inappropriate. There are some things we will insist on doing because they fit us, while other things we refuse to do because they are simply beneath us—too stingy, too mean, too “beastly.” This is not false pride. It is a healthy Christian self-image.
Spirit of God, empower us to adorn the gospel with our lives. Amen.