It’s possible to slip into the mentality with our faith-life of ‘one and done’. By that I mean that on days when we are feeling lethargic, lacking, or lazy, we tend to think well, what I do isn’t so important, is it, because, you know, Jesus paid it all, won the victory, and now I’m good. It’s true, He did. It’s true, you are. But, your life still matters.
Paul writes as much to the Philippians (v.27), and highlights the singularity of being in one spirit, one mind, the faith, and the gospel. Living in these singularities is a task, a task we are all called to each and every day.
It really does need to be something we actively pursue, because as we read, it has been granted to us to believe but also granted to us that we suffer for his sake, and that we are engaged in the same conflict that Paul was.
The Christian life is difficult, and I’d suggest difficult by design (v.29). Because it’s going to be difficult, because there are opponents to it, we really do need to work hard to let [our] manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.
If the size of this task is intimating remember that here Paul was writing to a community of believers (v.1b), and that you are never called to live this life alone. Difficult by design, yes, but difficulties to be shared and carried, burdens to be borne and buttressed in community.
Today then, if things feel difficult, reach out to the community God has put you in, and live a life worthy of the gospel of Christ together.