Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Good Conduct Medal
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel. Philippians 1:27
One of the oldest military awards of the United States Armed Forces is the Good Conduct Medal. This medal is currently awarded to any active duty enlisted member in one of the five branches of the U.S. Armed forces. The enlisted member must complete three consecutive years of “honorable and faithful service.” During times of war, the Good Conduct Medal may be awarded for one year of faithful service.
In our passage Paul appealed to the Christians in Philippi about their conduct and how they should live. He reminded them that their conduct was to be worthy of the gospel of Christ. Paul called for unity and a singular focus working together for the faith of the gospel. Also, his message reminded them that even though they had a prized citizenship of Rome, they needed to behave in a manner that was befitting of citizens of the kingdom of God. We too should be mindful of our own conduct and whether it is worthy of the gospel of Christ. As believers it is easy to lose our focus and get caught up in the things of this world. Let us continually strive to be of one Spirit, working together for our primary purpose of living out our faith and sharing it with those around us. Although we may not receive a Good Conduct Medal while we are here on earth, scripture tells us there are highly significant crowns available to us. However, this life is our only opportunity to earn these crowns.
~by Cindy Smith