2018-07-08 10:15:36

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Philippians 3:15-21

Hold True

Be Like Me?
Coming from a mere mortal, “join in imitating me!” may
read a little outrageous at first. Aren’t we supposed to follow the
example of Christ? Make no mistake, that is Paul’s primary point
– he has written so much. And don’t worry, Paul is well aware of
his shortcomings, labeling himself in one place as the “chief of
sinners.” But Paul’s life was also saturated with grace and
knowledge of the will of God. This taught him how to manage
his new life in Christ. Sinner as he was, he still had his focus right
and things fell into place because of that. He was confident
enough in things of the faith that he could actually call others to
embrace them for themselves. He does qualify his statement by
writing this in another letter: “Be imitators of me, as I am of
Christ.” 1Corinthians 11:1. There were plenty of bad examples to
avoid like the plagues then as there are now – but following the
example of those who faithfully follow Christ has, is, and always
will be a wise choice. Flawed as he was the apostle Paul was a
good example of true devotion. While it may make us squirm a
little, perhaps a good question to ask ourselves is “am I a good
example for others to follow … as I strive to follow Christ?”