Philippians 1:27--Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith that comes from the gospel.
There are some words we can easily gloss over in reading Scripture. The words “worthy of the gospel” ought to jump right out and seize us. We tend to feel good about those battles in which we emerge victorious after saying “no” to temptation. But what about those times we choose to engage in activities that are good but have nothing to do with where the Holy Spirit would take us? For example, I can spend time reading a great book and miss the leading of the Spirit who has opened an opportunity for me to share with my neighbor about Christ.
Being worthy of the gospel, implies obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit to leave that which I rationalize as good to obey what He dictates as best.
We are never justified as disciples in taking any line of action other than that indicated by the teaching of our Lord and made possible for us by His Spirit. The providence of God fits us into various settings of life to see if we will be disciples in those relationships.—Oswald Chamber in If You Will Be Perfect
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)