"Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.” Philippians 1:27 (NLT)
In Paul’s day, Christians were recognized as “atheists.” I know this sounds strange, but because they wouldn’t recognize the divinity of Ceasar (Emporer Nero at the time) at public gatherings they were seen as non-believers. They wouldn’t conform to the political, social, and cultural ways that were contrary to Jesus' ways. In fact, this is why believers were called people of the “Way" and not Christians in the early Church.
What are the social, political and cultural (what peers and popular media say are good and life-giving) pressures you face that are not in line with Jesus and His ways?
Like Paul encouraged the early Christians of His day, continue to be steadfast (immovable and unafraid) in following Jesus. Live the UNCOMMON life. Don’t bow down to the “Ceasars” of this world. Instead, live a life that rises above the ordinary and dull existences of those who live for self and stuff. Honor Christ and His message with your life.
Stay in a tight community with brothers and sisters in Christ. As you faithfully stand together, you will become strong in Christ and mature. Don’t conform, live transformed, and be UNCOMMON!
Prayer: Jesus, forgive me when I have bowed to the gods of my own pleasure and pursuits. Only You are worthy of my life and worship. Give me the strength to stand firm and to live a life that honors You in all I do. Amen!