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

Paul was in prison when he wrote these words to the Christians in Philippi (modern-day Greece), so he knew a thing or two about the challenges of living-up to standards when times are tough.

His message to the Philippians was simple: Live up to God’s holy standard without regard to circumstances.

Is our discipleship conditional? Will we be obedient to the will of God in times when it is inconvenient to do so? Will our love for others sour when we are not treated in kind?

When external circumstances have little or no bearing on our resolve to conduct ourselves “in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,” we will experience — as Paul experienced — the joy of seeing God make possible the impossible.  – Luther

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“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” (Jude 1:3, NIV)

In this letter, Jude encourages the disciples of Jesus to “contend for the faith,” because there are individuals and circumstances that would render powerless the Good News — except for the existence of persons willing to make a good stand for the truth.  

It is worth noting that Jude says that he would have preferred to write about our common salvation; but, instead, he is compelled to urge them to stand for our historic faith.

As disciples of Jesus, it is sometimes necessary to take-up the dirty, hard, thankless duty of standing for the whole truth, when half-truths are the fashion of the day. Yet, even in such uncomfortable circumstances, remember to stand in the strength of the Lord; to maintain a posture of grace and, when possible, good humor.  

There is no higher compliment for a disciple of Jesus than he or she be known as a contender for the historical faith on which we stand, and for the truth.  – Luther

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