You remember when we were little and we would be good as long as mom or an authority figure was in the room, and as soon as they left, we did exactly what they told us not to do? I’m sure many of us would like to think we have outgrown that mentality, but unfortunately, that is not the case for some. Today we are going to get to the root of why some Christians are only good when religious eyes are watching. This brings us to our key text coming out of Philippians 1:27 (KJV) with a focus on the “b” portion of the verse. The Word of the Lord reads:
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
In this passage, Apostle Paul is writing the Philippians — another group of people to whom he has served as a spiritual mentor. In modern words, Paul is saying, “Look, now ya’ll were good as long as I was around — serving Christ as one and working together for the furtherance of the gospel. Now that I’m gone, I don’t want to hear of you throwing everything I’ve taught you about living for Jesus out of the window.” Sometimes, believers of today are guilty of that same thing. Why? They are more attached to following after and pleasing God’s chosen vessel — a religious leader i.e. man — than following after and pleasing God Himself. It is extremely important that we do not commit such a blunder. It is God we should be attached to serving and not man. We must hold ourselves spiritually accountable even when a parent, grandparent, or our favorite childhood spiritual mentor is not around to motivate us in attending church and living uprightly. If we are dedicated to God, we will follow after Him and serve Him diligently even if God moves any of the afore mentioned people out of our lives.
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