Pursue Christ in 2019 and Beyond

We all are pursuing something or someone? If you doubt that or don’t know what you are pursuing, let me challenge you to think about two questions. Where do you spend your time? Where do you spend your money?

My eyes are drawn to the first phrase of Philippians 1:27 where we read, “Just one thing.” Other translations read, “Only.” That’s the idea. Above all else that you do, make sure you do this.

Just One Thing: Live your life worthy of the Gospel of Christ.

Why? We are citizens of Heaven.

Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, wrote: “We are people who spend our lives going some place, going to God, and whose path for getting there is the way, Jesus Christ. We realize that ‘this world is not our home’ and set out for ‘the Father’s house.’”

So, we should live like we are citizens of Heaven, not earth.

What?

What is it to “live worthy of the Gospel of Christ?” I think we see exactly what Paul is talking about in Philippians 1. Notice how “living worthy of the Gospel of Christ” is . . .

  • Reflected in Paul’s prayer for them. (1: 9-11)
  • Reflected in Paul’s testimony (1:12-26)
  • Reflected in Paul’s expectations of them (1:27-28)

In summary, this is personal to Paul, a priority for Paul, and to be done with perseverance.

Just One More Thing:

Being citizens of Heaven and therefore living worthy of the Gospel will put you in conflict with the world.

Nik Ripken, missionary, researcher of the persecuted church, and author said, “Perhaps the question should not be: ‘Why are others persecuted?’ Perhaps the better question is ‘Why are we not?’”

So What?

  1. What steps will you take this year to “live worthy of the Gospel of Christ?” Pursue Him daily through His Word and in prayer. Pursue Him through fellowship, accountability, and teaching through His church.
  2. What needs to be eliminated from your life in order to “live worthy of the Gospel of Christ?” Is there a sin that is keeping you from pursuing Him?

Jim Denison, in his daily blog, recently told the story of Robert McFarlane who was Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor and a twenty-year veteran of the Marine Corps. He was the architect of the Iran-Contra plan. When the plan failed, McFarlane resigned and entered a period of deep depression. Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast some years later, McFarlane gave testimony that he had climbed “the ladder to success, but got to the top and there was nothing there.” He further said, “Only after I fell off that ladder did I discover that it was leaning against the wrong wall.”

I have read so many other similar testimonies.

So, just one thing: Live your life worthy of the Gospel of Christ—today, for 2019, and for the rest of your life.