Be my followers, brothers, and pay attention to those who walk as you have us as an example. (Philippians 3:17)
Can you honestly say that for Jesus’ sake you live a life that makes you different? I’m not talking about being eccentric or quirky. I’m not talking about the way you dress. I mean, people look at your life and say to themselves, “There’s something different about that man.” The “otherness” I’m referring to is that something that attracts people, that they also want. They want to be like you. It simply means that people see Jesus in you, and want Him too.
You are an example in some way. You are either a good example of what it means to be a follower of Christ or you are a bad example. Paul could truly say in today’s text verse: “Be ye also my followers.” Can you say the same for your sons and daughters, for the people you work with, for your friends? In 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 Paul praises them: “You became imitators of us and of the Lord in that you received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples for all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.” Paul understood the responsibility of being a watchman. He understood what it meant to be a soldier of the cross. He lived his life as an example for the church of his day.
Don’t let the enemy rob you of your testimony. Be on your guard. Being the kind of guard we’re talking about means you have to be different. You can’t rest on your laurels. When I look at my bulldog lying fast asleep next to me, I can’t help but think that he’s not much of a guard dog. A guard cannot afford to sleep, he must be on his guard. He must be different, an example for the people around him. He must be willing to endure. We have an important responsibility as God’s watchmen over the house of Israel.
My Father God, I thank You that You speak so clearly to me through Your Word. I realize that my life should be an example for others around me. I want to be able to say to them: “Follow my example.” I know I can only do this if I walk in the grace and power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Bron: In silence and trust by Angus Buchan
Publisher: Christian Publishing Company/CUM
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