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“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.” — Philippians 1:27-28
I recently read an article that explained how Japanese sword makers can produce the finest, strongest and best swords in the world. They perfected a technique that uses more than 30,000 layers of both hard and soft steel. If you use just one type of steel, the sword fails and either shatters in use or becomes dull very quickly.
The story explained that God uses the “hard steel” of His Word combined with the “soft steel” of relationship and dependence on God to form us to be a strong tool of the Gospel.
Paul reminds us that as a tool of the Gospel, we are on display to the world as a gauge of the effectiveness of the Gospel. We should strive to use of our lives as the practical application of what God is doing in and through us.
We should speak the truth of the Gospel. Yet our actions often point people to Jesus or away from Him. Let our conduct, our lives, point to the Gospel Christ died for to share with us.
Prayer: Father, help me be strong and conduct myself in such a way that the world sees, not my love for you, but Your love for me because You are ever faithful, even when I am not. Thank you for crafting me into the tool You will use to further the Gospel.
David Richardson is associate pastor and administrator of First Baptist Church of Creedmoor.