Scripture: Philippians 3:17
Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.
Insights: Whenever you are attempting to get to the root issue of a problem with an individual the first answer they give is normally not the real issue at hand. In fact, often times the next two or three answers are not the real issue. That same principle also applies when one needs to confront another individual as well. This truth is present in this letter to the church of Philippi. From the outset Paul has wanted to address the issue we will find in chapter four, but he started with the joy the church is struggling to experience and then gave examples of what that joy looks like in other people. He then began to hit the edges of the real issue when he discussed those outside of the body of Christ that are trying to steal the faith of the believers and persecute them as well. The verses this week are in many ways the equivalent to a verbal pause (uhh), because Paul gave us a review of where we have been in this journey. Today’s verse is a review of chapter two, verses seventeen and eighteen which read, “But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.” These are the verses that truly express the example Paul lived before the people. He again was telling the church of Philippi to follow his example and even the example of others like Timothy and Epaphroditus. In reference to Paul himself, his example was that of a drink offering being poured out. In other words, he spent every aspect of his life for the proclamation of the gospel and the praise and glory being bestowed on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Beloved, we need to not only follow Paul’s example, but we must also become examples ourselves for others to observe.
- Is your life an exemplar life?
- Are you being poured out as a drink offering in whatever way the Lord desires?
Prayer: Lord, as we have traversed through this book of Philippians I have often been confronted with my inadequacies and failures. Forgive me Lord, when I have not been the appropriate example before others and transform me to be such a person for You. Amen.