” 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.”
The transition to Christianity would not be easy for the Philippians. Their neighbors, family and friends would ridicule them, threaten them and mock them if they were not taking the journey with them. These new converts would have to be strong and faithful, and hopefully Paul left behind good men and women to work with them in the church. Paul tells them here not to be afraid of them. This was a message to them that they would be destroyed in the end, but you will be saved by God. They might not believe that, but it’s the truth anyway!
My Christian witness is identified by the way I live, and by the words I speak. So I must conduct myself with the utmost regard for how it reflects on my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. At my workplace, do II give my all, as if I’m working for the Lord? Colossians 3:23 tells me “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” Do I accept the assignments given to me, and carry them out? Colossians 3:22 tells me ”Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God”:
Several years ago, I had a great position with a company I had been with for 20 years. They implicitly trusted me with keys to all their locations, and I floated between these locations, plus worked on the road with my sales staff. I thought I was above the law. But I abused my position and did things that I knew could get anyone else fired on the spot if it was found out. One day, I was called into the office by my supervisor, and was told about a situation in one of the stores. Not wanting to put any of the employees in jeopardy I confessed my transgression, and was immediately terminated. This brought great dishonor to God, and caused me to take a deep look inside. It ended up with me taking an 8-month sabbatical to a place in the hills of Kentucky to reevaluate where I was with God. It was a life changing that I look back on and thank God for.
My Christian witness must be lived out everywhere, every day, in my actions and in my words. I must not dishonor Him in anything. This is my calling and my duty. I have failed several times, and God has had mercy on me. He is a wonderful God. How is your conversation today?
Lord, you know how many times I have failed you, yet you continue to love me and have mercy on me. I am so humbled by your awesome mercy. Help me to move forward and walk as Christ would have walked. Help me have His compassion, His boldness, His humility, and His desire to serve. Help me to do the things in all areas that honor you, because that is the desire of my heart.