We live in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. Many people wonder from week to week if they will still have a job to support their family. Terrorist activity seems to be increasing and expanding. I know people who refuse to watch the evening news before they go to bed because they want to be able to sleep at night. The divisions and distrust in our land have never been greater. Most of us are fearful of what our children and grandchildren will face if we continue on the path we are going.
In the face of all that is happening scripture reminds us, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Phil. 1:27). Most of what happens is out of our control. You and I have no control over corporate decisions. We do not have a voice that is heard by politicians who run our government. We feel personally helpless in the fight on terror. We feel like our Christian faith is ridiculed. And we do not see things trending toward improvement. Yet scripture instructs us that in whatever happens we are to conduct ourselves worthy of the gospel of Christ. There is not much in this world that I actually have the power to change. Companies and governments will do what they choose with no regard for you or me. The one thing that we can do is to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. That is so much more than going to church on Sunday or associating with Christian people. It means the fruit of our lives must demonstrate Jesus. It means our actions and words must be like those of Christ. Whatever happens in your life or things around you, our call is to live worthy of the gospel of Christ.