“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. . .”  (Philippians 1:27a, NIV)

To be a disciple of Jesus means surrendering the privilege of self-justification.

Today’s scripture reference reminds us that external circumstances must not dictate our response. In all that we do, our sole ambition is to please our heavenly Father. We engage in self-justification (i. e., making excuses for ourselves) at the risk of blunting the effect of the gospel of Jesus in the hearts of those who need it.

Today, resolve to conduct all of your affairs in a manner worthy of the good news of our Lord; and to stand firm in the truth come what may. We can do no more; and we should expect from ourselves no less.  – Luther

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