Loving God. Loving People.

Fast 2018: Day 14

We all understand the concept of worth.  We have things that we value and cherish, and these are personal and to some extent are priceless… a letter, a picture, a piece of jewelry, something from a deceased loved one or something from your past that has a great deal of emotion attached to it.  It may be an object something you saved and worked hard for, it may be something that has been handed down to you

Here is something I value:  My truck.  My dad bought this truck brand new when I was 4, I hauled hay with it, fed cows with it, drove it in High School, Heather & I went on our first date in it.  I value this truck!  It’s probably not worth much to anybody else, but it is priceless to me.  More often than not it is not a something, but rather a somebody a loved one, husband, wife, son, daughter etc., that we value  We cherish them, protect them, care for them and hold them high regard.

In Philippians Chapter One, the question Paul was asking is, “How much to do you value the Gospel?”  When Paul wrote this letter, he was in a Roman Prison for preaching the gospel.  His audience is Philippian Church, a people that he absolutely loved.  He was pretty sure that his preaching and living for the gospel was about to cost him his life.  So he wanted to communicate and impart to them the importance and the value of the Gospel.  So, in essence, Paul is saying to them, “I value the gospel so much, I am willing to die for it.”  But now, he was asking the question:  “I know there are things you value, but how much do you value the Gospel?”

 Philippians 1:27-30:  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,28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. (ESV)

The underlying question is what do you value???  The answer he is looking for cannot be given in words.  He does not want a paper written or a speech given describing your value of the gospel.  He doesn’t want us to quote what other people say about the gospel.  The answer he is looking for is given in the text, he wants your Christian walk (your life) to be worthy of the gospel.

The word “worthy” is a Greek word:  AXIOS.  This means that our lives actually reflect the value or worth we place on the gospel.  Paul wanted the church at Philippi to understand this.  He wanted them to think about what it means to live their lives with this mindset:  My walk reflects my worth of the gospel!

Stop and think about this statement for a minute:
The way I live my life says I understand what Christ has done for me.  My life reflects how I value the gospel.  My life demonstrates how much I love Christ!

Consider This:
It is easy to say the right things, to have all the right theological phrases and language, to nod or to say a loud amen when the preacher makes an important point, but what really reflects the worth you put on the gospel is what you do outside of the church gathering.  The way you live your life every day is the validation of how much you value the gospel. That is the proof to God and evidence to the world!

When you consider how you live your life, how much do you value the Gospel?

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