Worthy

LivingWorthyoftheGospel2At the “Y” in Bellevue, on the check-in desk, there is a small plastic bucket containing what they call “Spiritual Vitamins”. In reality, they are small multi-color slips of paper with assorted Bible verses printed on them. As folks come and go some will grab a “vitamin”. It is amazing how they can speak to me. This morning mine read, Let your conduct be worthy of the Gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27 NLT).  As I was working out, I began to think of the implications for the world if everybody heeded that simple ten word command. Walter Scott would be alive. Most of our problems would be solved. There would be no war, hate, lies, envy, lust, pride, hidden agendas, broken relationships, crime, greed, abuse, betrayal, or selfishness. In short, there would be no sin. We would have no need for locks, cops, guard dogs, prisons, lethal injections, the CIA or the FBI. Sadly, on a global scale, thousands of years of recorded history demonstrate that, more often than not, folks have failed miserably adhering to that particular Biblical sentence.  As I moved to the bench press, I shifted the context of my thinking from global to personal. While adjusting the weights, I realized that I have failed countless times to obey or even consider that verse as I do life.

Most of the time I do pretty well, but the ten words on the “vitamin” are not about most of the time; nor are they about other people. They are personal. They are about me and how I choose to spend my time. Each day my choices will determine whether I am worthy or not.

Something to Think About

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