Paul encourages the believers in Philippi to follow his example of living. There are many in their midst who are actually enemies of Jesus, people who are set on destruction and the things of this world. He reminds them they are citizens of heaven, not of earth, and that they are to be waiting for Jesus to transform their earthly bodies into heavenly bodies in conformity with His, through His all encompassing power.
We need to be careful in life of whom we emulate. Just because people attend a church does not make them followers of Jesus. We need to look at how people live their lives, not just how they speak; their walk and talk should be in alignment with that of Christ. Remember that we belong to heaven, not earth, and we wait for Jesus to transform our bodies into conformity with His. We can’t do that ourselves; only Jesus in us can accomplish that!
Life can be difficult, but finding someone to disciple or mentor us on our Christian walk can make it easier. We need to make sure we check the person out, pray about them, get input on them from other Christians we respect, so that we are following someone who truly follows Jesus. They won’t be perfect, but rather authentic and should be people of integrity, through and through. We should see in them evidence of Jesus transforming them day by day into people focused on heaven and pleasing Jesus, not people focused on earth and pleasing themselves. We can’t effect this transformation by ourselves; it happens when we invite Jesus into our life and ask Him to make the transformation in us, day by day.
Father God, thank you for sending Jesus to be our savior, our brother, our friend. How I want to live like Him! However, it is hard, well, really impossible, to live a life that is pleasing to you. Please forgive me for my sins, for when I choose to go my way instead of your way. Help me to follow the example Jesus set every day. Please give me wisdom in seeking someone who can disciple or mentor me in how to live as a follower of Jesus; lead me to someone who truly loves you, who can help guide me in the way. Transform me, day by day, to be more like Jesus and less like the world I live in. Thank you for loving me and transforming me.
Posted on Tue, March 1, 2016
by joel king