Philippians 3:17 - 4:1
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. 4 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
The first verse in this passage is the Mount Everest of the Christian Life. It is the pinnacle and goal to which we all should aspire and yet I wonder if few of us ever do. To live such an exemplary life for Jesus that we can say to others
“Pattern your life after mine”
What a goal!
Fortunately, Paul also gives us a clue as to how we can do that in the second half of the same verse,
“And learn from those who follow our example.”
I don’t have to struggle alone. God has planted me amongst some amazing people who can help me on my journey. I need to be in Church. More than that – I need to be in a Connect Group, an Accountability Group, in a Ministry Area under the leadership someone who has the spiritual stature to say “pattern your life after mine”. All my actions should be guided by this principle – to live as an example for others to follow.
Lord, may the end result of my life be “he made followers of Jesus”. Help me have the courage and conviction to live in a way that if people follow the pattern of my life they will be awesome disciples. Amen
Written by Boudy VanNoppen