Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved–and that by God. For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have. Philippians 1:27-30
There are some things that I would like to go over with you. There are some questions I would like to ask of you. Go ahead, ask away, you have my full attention, I am listening attentively to you. You want to be a bright witness for me in the darkness of this world. You want to shine brightly for me like a star in the universe. You want others to see my life being lived out in and through you. You want others to be drawn to me because of what they see in you. Are these all true, do you desire all these things? Yes, I want to be a bright and powerful witness for you in the darkness of this world. Good, let’s continue. You want to know me. You want to become like me. You want to think like I thought. You want to speak like I spoke. You want to act like I acted. Are all these things also true, do you desire all these things? Yes, I want all my thoughts and words and actions to be like yours. I want to give like you gave. I want to serve like you served. I want to love like you loved. Very good, let’s keep going. You have said that you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and that you want to being glory to my name. You have said that you want to store up treasure in heaven with me. You have said that you want me to use you to lead others to me. Are all these things also true, do you desire all these things? Yes, I want you to use me. Yes, I want my life to be well spent in your service. Yes, I want my life to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I never want to look back over my life, with regret over what I could have been or done for you. I want to be fully used by you. It would give me great joy to know that others came to know and love and follow and serve you because of the way that you used me in their lives. Very good, we both want the same things. Yes, we do.
Now, you may be wondering where I am going with all these questions. There is no doubt about that. There is something that you must do. There is a decision you must make right now, in advance, if you want all these things to be true of your life. Without, this decision you will lead an unfruitful life for me. What decision must I make? You must decide to live your life in a manner worthy of me. Let me be more specific. In all the pain and suffering and loss in life, you must conduct yourself in a way that you remain a bold and bright witness for me in the darkness of this world. Whatever happens, in the most adverse and trying circumstances, your conduct must be like mine. In these times you must think, and speak, and act like me. Will you make this decision? Yes Lord, I will, right now! That is very good.
Holy Spirit, in the past I have not guarded what I allowed my mind to think. I have not set my mind on what you desire. I have not welcomed you to change my heart and transform my mind with God’s word. Well, I am now. Amen
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