“Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27. We profess a difference between ourselves and the unsaved, as radical as that between light and darkness, and almost as wide as that between Heaven and Hell. But in all the visible and practical concerns which interest the unrenewed heart–we nearly resemble them. Our words say that we believe riches to be vanity and emptiness.
Our acts seem to say that we love and seek them as intensely as those do who make them their all and their god. We say in words that “here we have no continuing city,” but in act we are as eager to adorn our dwellings here as though they were our only home. What is the result? The world believes our conduct, and not our words! “What kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.” 2 Peter 3:11. “So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe!” Philippians 2:15. (Robert L. Dabney)