Philippians 2:12-16(NASB): 12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.
The Apostle Paul penned these words long ago to the early church at Philippi. These early believers were living among many lost souls who did not know about the love of Christ. The church at Philippi was one of Paul’s greatest church plants. The brothers and sisters there quickly embraced and lived out the Gospel of Christ. Paul was so proud of how this church, in his absence, continued to “appear as lights in the world” or in the NIV text, “stars in the sky.” Paul was encouraging them to preach the Gospel in the way they lived out their everyday life of faith in the midst of unbelievers.
This message is relevant and crucial for those of us who are followers of Christ today. Many people in our world today are moving farther away from a personal relationship with Christ. Their minds and desires are firmly set on earthly things. Their god and their idols are found in the possessions and the things of this world. They are only concerned with living in the moment and do not give a thought about what their future holds. As followers of Christ, we are to be an example of how to live a life dedicated to our Risen Lord and Savior. We are called to present an alternative of how the unbelieving world lives – we are to “appear as lights in the world.”
We must not give into the many desires and pleasures of this world. Our duty as Christ followers is to appear different from those in our society who think only of themselves and the many pleasures and material possessions of this world. As believers, we know that our reward will be found, not on this earth, but in heaven. We are different because we follow the one who paid the price for us on the cross at Calvary. Because of the love that Christ had for me and for you, we should at all times “adore” Christ and follow him. By belief in Christ and through the all-encompassing love of Christ, we have been set free from a life of sin and death. As followers of Christ, we can proclaim with all the saints, “I will bless your holy name – Lamb of God – my savior, prince of peace – I adore you! Jesus you mean all the world to me!”
So this week in your daily walk with God – try to be different! Strive to “appear as lights in the world” and let your life be a witness to a lost and unbelieving world. Allow them to see Christ in you!