March 11

Philippians 3:17-19

“Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.” vs. 17

No matter what our background in the faith, no matter how strong our commitment to Christ, we all have to crawl out of bed in the morning, pause for a cup of coffee, and then figure out how we’re going to use all the hours we have at our disposal through the day. And if we’re at all serious about our faith, we’ll have at least some desire to live in a way that brings glory to God. We know that our thoughts, words, and deeds have significance both for ourselves and for others. So how do we decide what to do? Paul knew that people were thinking such things in Philippi and he gave some bold advice. “Join in imitating me,” he said, “and watch those who are living like me!” His words are instructive. Sometimes the best way to learn how to walk in the Way of Jesus is to watch someone who is on the journey with you, particularly if that person seems to know the path. There really is no better way to learn how to live than by watching and imitating someone who does it well. And if they happen to stumble occasionally, that’s all the better. It would be horrible if they were perfect! All of us learn more from failures than we do successes! And just think, someday we might even be the one that people are watching!

Thought for the Day: Who is my model for Christlike living?

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