A more literal translation of [Philippians 1:27] might begin, “Conduct your citizenship in a way that is worthy of the good news of Christ.”
The net effect of this change is the way it puts believers in relationship with one another. We are not owners of private lots in a gospel subdivision where the good news means anything we say it means on our own property. Instead, we are citizens of a divine commonwealth that depends heavily on us to uphold its reputation.
—Barbara Brown Taylor, “Divine Provision,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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[Paul wrote,] Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel.
—Philippians 1:27 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, we thank you for the ways you provide for us. Help us to become more aware of your presence in our daily lives and to share your love with others. Amen.
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