Thursday, September 3, 2009

Philippians 3:17

Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (KJV)
Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. (NIV)

My granddaughter, Alexa, who is four, is always doing just what her older brother does. The other evening when Darren, my grandson who will soon be 6, was helping me fix dinner, Alexa wanted to help too. I gave Alexa a little different job, but she didn’t want to do that, because it was not exactly what Darren was doing. She wanted to do what he was doing and nothing else. Real dedication, wouldn’t you say?

Many times in our Christian lives, people who are close to us or who respect us for one reason or another, will look at our lives and copy or do what we are doing – just like Alexa does with Darren. This could be a good thing, but many times it is not. In our verse for this week, Paul tells the Philippians to copy his example of following Christ. He is following Christ and desires that they do the same. We, as Christians, strive to live up to that name and try to live as Christ would want us to.

We have an awesome responsibility and one we should not take lightly. Are you a leader in the church? Are you a parent? Are you active in the community? Do you interact with other people at your workplace? Chances are if you say yes to any of these questions, then you have people who look at your life – maybe on a daily basis. What do those people see? What would a new Christian be looking for? Is your life looked upon as one that encourages and builds up others? Is it a joyful life? Is it one that faithfully serves Christ?

Alexa not only copies her brother; she copies other family members, teachers, her friends, and maybe even you and me. And, what’s more, her brother copies several people too; all children do to a certain extent. If they are copying me, I pray that I will give them a good Christian example to follow, like the Apostle Paul did. How about you?

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