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By Donna Jones

I am so excited to introduce you to a lovely woman, Donna Jones.  I met Donna eight years ago.  She was the first guest speaker for our Revive Outreach Event in 2012.  Be blessed by her message for you today! If you share how this blog impacted you, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of Donna’s books (Seek, Raising Kids With Good Manners)

How should I respond? 

Crisis has a way of making good people ask this question. Given the events of the last few months, I don’t have to tell you why we’ve had occasion to ponder our response.

So…what is the right thing to do? How should we respond? Is there a clear answer, or even tracks to guide us, so we respond the right way, at the right time?

One little verse in the Bible sheds light on this delicate subject. Seriously, one verse.

Want to know what it is?

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ”. Philippians 1:27a

Wait, whatever happens???

Yep. Whatever happens.

But what if there’s a worldwide pandemic?

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

What if money is tight, I can’t go back to work, and the people I live with are getting on my last nerve?

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

What if my family, friend, co-workers and neighbors have different opinions than I do?

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

What if I witness injustice?

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

What if there are riots, and looting, and chaos all over the news—or worse, my community?

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

What if someone I follow on social media posts something I don’t like?

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

In a world full of complex issues, the directive to “conduct yourself in a worthy manner” simplifies our response.

If we conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, we will:

  • Love our neighbor
  • Speak the truth in love
  • Be completely humble
  • Do unto others as we would have them do unto us
  • Put on a heart of compassion and kindness
  • Pray without ceasing
  • Ask God for wisdom
  • Love one another deeply, from the heart
  • Not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
  • Stand firm in our faith

And this is just a sampling of how God’s Word tells us to act!

Think about it: if every person behaved this way, 95% of our problems would vanish overnight.

This fact in itself should be enough to motivate us to respond in a manner worthy of the gospel. But there’s more!

No one ever regrets conducting themselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. They often, however, regret doing otherwise.

And therein lies the beauty in the simplicity of God’s directive. When we wonder, What should I do? How should I respond? or How should I handle this situation? what we’re really asking is, What is wise? What is right?  What course of action will leave me with no regret?

Who wants to look back on their life and think, “why did I do that?”

Of course, I can’t make you choose to live this way, and you can’t make me choose to live this way, either. But make no mistake, living this way is a choice. It’s a choice to refuse to lead with our emotion, and instead, choose to lead with our devotion—to God and to one other.

Just because the world goes crazy, I don’t have to go crazy, too.

Just because the world goes crazy, I don’t have to go crazy, too. CLICK TO TWEET

Obviously, none of us will do this perfectly. Just yesterday I let stress get the upper hand and I responded more harshly than I could have, or should have. I felt terrible. But instead of stewing over my failure (which never fixes anything) I brought Jesus right into my ugly.

I allowed my remorse to drive me to repentance.

I didn’t ignore my behavior, or even try to justify it; I owned my behavior and apologized. And that, too, is the way imperfect people live in a manner worthy of Christ.

When we fail–and we will–let’s apologize and start again.

But fail or succeed, whatever happens, let’s conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who showed us how to live.

It’s the least we can do.

It’s the best we can do.

And it’s all we really need to know about what to do.

Donna Jones is a national speaker and pastor’s wife who’s spoken in 26 states and on four continents. She’s the author of Seek: A Woman’s Guide to Meeting God, Taming Your Family Zoo and several Bible studies. Her blog offers readers the wisdom they need for the life they want. A UCLA grad, Donna and her husband JP planted Crossline Church in Laguna Hills, CA, where she teaches women weekly. A sucker for strong coffee and cute shoes, Donna is mom to three wildly funny Jesus-loving young adult kids who frequently sit on her kitchen counter, just to chat.

Connect with Donna at www.donnajones.org, Instagram @donnaajonesFacebook


Julie Pearson is the author of Better Than Espresso and a faith influencer for women.

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