The Christian life is not your best life now. It is a promise of a best life to come. The Apostle Paul describes the evidences of a Christian life in Philippians 1:27-30. The adjectives he uses are not ones of success, comfort or ease. These are indicators that one’s life is worthy of the gospel of Christ.
- “Whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit…” (v.27)
- “…striving side by side for the faith of the gospel….” (v.27)
- “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.” (v.29)
Paul lived this kind of life not out of sheer determination and grit to walk through hardships. It came out of a desire for something greater than comfort. In verse 23 he says that his desire was to depart and be with Christ. His motivation to stand, strive and suffer was born out of his deep, all-satisfying relationship with Jesus.