Paul says something really big and scary in today’s reading. Something I’m not sure I’d want to say or any of us would want to say. It’s some big words. But, it’s something that we each say, each day of our lives. Listen to what he writes in Philippians 3:17-20:
Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Watch me. Follow me. Imitate me. Do what I do.
Wow. That’s a big statement. That’s a powerful statement. I tell folks I’m afraid to put one of those fish on my car because I’m such a bad driver that I don’t want to embarrass God.
That’s how we all can feel sometimes. We see our shortcomings. We see our mistakes. We see what we do wrong.
Paul says, watch me. Do what I do. If you want to see what a Christian does, watch me.
Two things then – first, let’s make sure we surrond ourselves with those that are an inspiration, that are a role model, that help us to know how to live.
Who do you look up to? Who do you follow? What crowd do you associate with? Are the folks in your life helping you to live the life that you’d like to live?
And second, realize that there are always eyes watching us, to see what we do and how we live. These are the little eyes of our children, our grandchildren, our nieces or nephews, those little ones in our lives.
They are watching us. They are seeing what we do. They are seeing how we live. Let us not forget that. Let us remember.
Let’s make sure that we are doing what we need to do in our lives, so that those little eyes can have examples to follow.
Paul says, watch me. In our lives, that’s already happening. May we each live in a graceful manner and set that same example.
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