One to One: Day 26
By Tracey Armstrong
Philippians 3:17-18 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (NKJV)
I want to be able to say the same thing that Paul the apostle is saying in this passage. Basically, he is saying, “Look at my example, I am what Christ wants you to be, so follow me.” I want my life to be a pattern that others will follow.
Is your life a pattern for someone else to follow? Paul marked anyone that was not an example of the pattern of Christ. The fathers of the Church didn’t judge people based upon their confession but based upon their walk or their fruit. I don’t think that we put enough emphasis on our walk and our fruit.
Maybe some of us don’t walk in a worthy pattern because we have never seen someone who emulated a pattern that was worthy of pursuing. Paul, in another scripture, says that we have many teachers but not many fathers, and then he goes on to say that we should emulate him. I got the feeling that he was trying to protect us from following every captivating preacher that came around, especially if they did not possess a father’s heart.
It’s not enough to be a Christian; the only thing that is acceptable is to follow a worthy example. Actually, we should be so grieved that others are not bringing glory to Christ in their walk that it should drive us to tears. A person who walks in an unrighteous manner is an enemy of the cross of Christ. A person that doesn’t have a walk like Christ is causing people to go away from Christ rather than towards Christ. Our actions either witness of Christ’s goodness and character or they speak of the cross as powerless and ineffective.
Father, when I come and stand before Your throne, I want You to be able to say that I was a good and faithful servant. A good steward over the opportunities You had given me, to show the pattern of Christ-likeness to those people You brought into My life. Please empower me afresh with your Holy Spirit.
Take time today to think about each person in your life that you encounter on a regular basis; family, neighbors, colleagues, etc. Think about whether or not they have seen a pattern of Christ-likeness in you the last six months and if they would be willing to follow the example of your daily conversation and conduct. If not, ask the Holy Spirit to help you cultivate new patterns or habits that will draw your loved ones and acquaintances closer to Jesus.