By James Metsger
On one such day, after watching him in a rage, I missed a very makeable putt and proceeded to follow Kenny’s lead by throwing my putter high to the heavens. Unlike him though, I fumbled the landing and my club took a huge divot in the nicely manicured green, a huge “no-no” in civilized golf etiquette
Frustrated by my actions, my dad asked, “What were you thinking?!” To which I responded with all the maturity of a 20-year-old, “Kenny did it!” My dad said, “You’re not Kenny. You’re James.” No disrespect to Kenny, but my dad was reminding me I’m my own man, responsible for my own actions, and I needed to walk in a manner worthy of my own name. Paul gave the same advice when he said, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Of course, the big difference is that we are not to live a life worthy of our name but worthy of Christ’s name. Looking to Christ as our model, we walk as representatives of his name and his gospel.
What does it look like to live a life worthy of the gospel?
For Paul, it meant being united with other believers, standing firm in the face of opposition, striving for the gospel, and possessing fearlessness in the face of opposition. Paul uses a picture of a military force standing side by side, locked arm in arm, to describe what it looks like for you and me to live a life worthy of the gospel. Our faith unites us with other believers, and we must be committed to representing Jesus’ name in the fallen world we inhabit.
In what ways is your life marked by a desire to live a life worthy of the gospel?