Day 7: Tame It! A Tamed Life Is the Pattern He Gave Us
“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27, NASB).
Even though this instruction was given almost two thousand years ago to Christians in Philippi, the very same instruction applies to each of us who follows Christ. We are commanded to live in a way that is worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But what does that mean?
The story of His gospel is that He came into this world to live among His creation who disobeyed and rebelled against Him. But much more than that, He came to die in the place of His sinful creation and take the punishment for their sin so they could be redeemed to God.
You are His creation, and so am I. The story of His gospel is one of redemption and forgiveness, and God asks us to live in a way that’s worthy of that. Could there be any better purpose for our lives?
It’s no secret, though, that this is challenging. But if it wasn’t important, God wouldn’t have asked it of us. And every time He asks us something, He promises the help of the Holy Spirit. This is what Jesus told His disciples:
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17, NASB).
We aren’t without help. In fact, we have the greatest help because we have God Himself, through His Spirit, guiding us to obey His commands.
It’s also important to remember that God calls us to this individually, which is not only a challenge but also an encouragement. Paul said to the Philippians, “conduct yourselves.” We are only called to live our own lives in a manner worthy of the gospel—no one else’s. This is also emphasized in Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome: “Each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12).
We are not responsible for anyone else; God just wants our sincere, individual devotion. When we live that way, though, unity with others will be the outcome. As each of us obeys God’s Word more, we’ll each become more like our Savior. Living like Him, in a way worthy of His gospel, causes us to live in unity with others. And we will be embracing the command of Scripture that says, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14, NIV).
We can also each be encouraged that Christ’s gospel is full of restoration. Throughout this study, we’ve looked at many ways we should tame our lives, and if one thing has been clear, it’s that none of us is without failure. We are sinful creatures who, by God’s grace alone, have been given the chance to live in a way that pleases our God and Savior. But we’ve all messed up—many times. Instead of fixating on that, though, we have to remember that no matter what we’ve done or how far we’ve strayed, God can redeem and restore us to be used for His glory. He forgives us. He loves us. Praise Him for that. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
And ultimately, His story is one of continual redemption and transformation. A tamed life is a transformed life—that’s the pattern He gave us.
So are we living a transformed life? Are we living like our Savior, or are we still living as though we are slaves to sin? Let’s each pray and strive toward this end:
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV).
Because Christ took our sin on Himself and bore its punishment, we can be made new. When we trust in what He accomplished on the cross for us, we are redeemed to God. We are transformed. We are made new. That is our greatest gift. That is the story of the gospel. I pray we all seek God’s help to live in a way that is worthy of Christ and His gospel.