Whatever happens: Philippians 1:27


Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

- from Philippians 1:27

Paul didn't know everthing that was going to happen to him in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. But he did know this: whatever happened, he knew how he wanted the Philippians to conduct themselves.

We all face uncertain futures. And sometimes, that uncertainty brings our priorities to the surface. All of the "whatever" that can happen can force us to confront what's important to us.

If you were writing a "whatever happens" letter to your family, your employees, you friends ... what would you say to them?

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The words that draw my attention in Paul's exhortation are, "Worthy of the gospel of Christ". I too often for get the value of the message God has entrusted me with. When God calls Paul to preach the gospel to Macedonia in Act 16:9 I love the vision He gave to Paul, "Come over to Macedonia and help us!". Is my default thinking about the gospel "help" for someone? Would I willingly withhold help from someone? I think the note I would write would be, "Whatever happens, remember the message you are entrusted with. It is help and healing, it is hope for your family, friends, co-workers and the world".

I would say that formerly when "whatever happens" my modus operandi was: "When in panic, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!" Now I try: "When in panic, when in doubt, hit your knees and pray it out!"

Well, I believer if I were writing a "whatever happens" letter to someone I would say this....whatever happens, God is in control....BUT, I would make sure to add this caveat....God is in control, provided we surrender our will to Him.....otherwise, we are in control, given credit for the outcome, good or bad, to God.

If we make our life all about God, He is in control, and we can count it all joy!

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