Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, Philippians 1:27 ESV
As Christians our way of life is to be worthy of the sacrifice Jesus has made for us. A significant part of a worthy lifestyle is to be united with our fellow believers. When Paul addresses this issue with the Philippians he wants them to know it takes every individual working together with the whole to live in a way worthy of the Gospel.
This verse really speaks to the need for unity in spirit and thinking that a body of believers must to have. A body of believers needs to be just that, a body. Every part doing its part in harmony with all of the other parts. Our faith is based on the one true Gospel of Jesus. Unity must prevail in the local body to preserve the integrity of that Gospel.
We all serve one master, He is our teacher and example of selflessness. We must strive to be in unity with one another as He was in unity with His Father. True unity and love will show the world we are His.
So today, let’s check our manner or way of life and see if we are walking in unity with the body. If adjustments need to be made to bring us into unity, let’s make those adjustments. Let’s walk hand in hand with the brethren into glory.
© 2013 Leo J. Woodman