If you could be anyone else in the world, who would it be? Would it be Cate Blanchett? What about Miranda Kerr? Barrack Obama? Maybe Cadel Evans? Who do you want to be like?
That’s the question I was asked this morning whilst looking at the start of Paul’s letter to the Philippians with some friends. Paul urges the Christians in Philippi to let their manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27). Instead of desiring to have the fame, wisdom, strength or wealth of someone else, we should desire to be a godly version of ourselves.
Paul didn’t let his circumstances impede his gospel service, but rather continued preaching Christ and living for him even whilst in chains. In fact, he sees his imprisonment as something that will advance the gospel (Philippians 1:12)! So often I think that only once my life it ‘sorted out’, or next week when I get back on track with things, that then I’ll be able to start living the fully Christian life. But as Paul reminds us, no matter what our situation, we are called to live a life worthy of the gospel of Christ.
I am who I am, and God has given me all I need for life and godliness. May He help me to live in a manner worthy of the gospel this very day.