Philippians 1:20 – as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
Paul eagerly expected and hoped to always honor Christ. We could sure use more of that resolve today. Just imagine a church full of people ridiculously committed to honoring Jesus Christ. That must be our desire. Anything less disparages the value of our Lord and sells God short.
We sell God short when we prefer the provision more than the Provider. Of course, we are to honor God with our prayerful requests. Certainly, take your needs to your heavenly Father, but guard against treating Him like a spiritual Santa Claus. Fullness of joy is found in God’s presence (Psalm 16:11), not his presents.
We sell God short when we prefer our kingdom over His. This world has a lot to offer: comfortable homes, shiny cars, fancy clothes, and toys for every age. There really is nothing wrong with things, but the love of things is idolatry. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him,” 1 John 2:15.
We sell God short when we redefine Biblical truth. I have a friend who joked with me, “I reject your truth claims and insert my own.” But truth is no laughing matter. We live in a culture that actively rejects the truth of God’s Word and inserts their own. For instance, God made us male and female (Matthew 19:4), but our culture increasingly rejects that truth with gender reassignment. Another example is marriage. Jesus specifically stated marriage is for one man to be married to one woman (Matthew 19:5-6). I expect the world to reject God’s truth, but it is heartbreaking to see churches doing it today.
We sell God short when we reject personal holiness. The Apostle John wrote so that followers of Jesus Christ would not sin (1 John 2:1). Holy living is our goal, and our old nature wages war against our new identity in Christ (Galatians 5:17). We may be able to understand temptation, but there is no license for continual sin (Romans 6:15). We honor God when we pursue holiness through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:12-14). Paul expected to honor Christ in his body, and we should too.
My fellow Christians, let us not sell God short. Like Paul, let us eagerly expect and hope to honor Him.
1 Corinthians 6:20 – for you were bought with a price. So, glorify God in your body.