“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;” Philippians 1:27
First, let’s clear up some of the Olde English wording with a literal translation of the verse.
“Only conduct yourselves as citizens worthy of the gospel of Christ, that whether I come and see you or I be absent from you, I will hear these things about you: that you are standing firm spiritually with one soul, contending together (in the contest) for the family faith pertaining to the gospel.” vs. 27
Someone once told me that no matter what you say your actions speak louder. If someone has something they are striving towards, their desire will propel them into motion. That motion has to come from an inside longing. Like the demanding cry of a hungry infant, it won’t be satisfied until it’s full.
I have a small bird feeder hanging just outside my window. I’ve been watching all kinds of birds fly in, check out the menu and the availability and then fly away. This morning a large bluejay caught my eye. He looked at the feeder, much too little to support him, then hopped onto all the surrounding branches. He checked by flying close but still couldn’t get his feet around the tiny perch for a nibble. His hunger brought him to my feeder, but he couldn’t even take a bite. I sighed as he flew away. Almost immediately a tiny finch landed on the three-inch perch and started snacking. I giggled about this one’s messy persistence as he ate his fill. Once again, it flew away. Suddenly I realized the second bird didn’t start building a nest there, or cling to that perch the rest of the day, it didn’t decide to start a life support system, it just took what it needed and moved on. Then I realized bluejay didn’t keep trying to make the small feeder work when it wouldn’t. How many times do we go to a new church, or group and what they say “looks” really good, but some of their “conduct” doesn’t ring true? How many of us then plant ourselves in their midst and try to make it work.
God designed blue jays, finches and almost all animals this way and I think we can take a lesson from them. There are millions of people in this world and because of the internet we are flooded with millions of opinions about God, but there is only one God and He gave us one book about Him. He knows some of us want more than a small-minded opinion feeders so He takes us to the place where we can find the big-hearted people who teach the accuracy of God’s Word. In the end we must get back into His feeder called the Word of God. We have to get out your concordance and study. Our inner hunger propels us into learning. And in the end… we’re the ones who must align ourselves with what it says. It’s up to us.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:” 1 Peter 5:6
God bless you today.