Paul’s Pattern

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Attitude Adjustment

The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.

However, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained. Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. (Philippians 3:16-17)

Paul wants the Philippians to follow his example. He also adds that they should walk the same way as those who follow Paul’s teaching and example. The word in verse sixteen actually means something like follow the line Paul has set. The word used in verse seventeen means a mark or impression made by a blow, like hammering letters into a piece of stone or metal.

Paul set an example while he was in Philippi, and he’s confident enough of his walk with God to tell the church to follow that example.

Is my example worth following? That’s a question I should ask myself. And ask it a lot. As a teacher, I know that I shall incur a stricter judgement1. I MUST follow the example laid out for us in Scripture. While I know I sin, part of that example is owning up to that sin, and pressing forward (where have we heard that before?)

The previous post in this series is:

Not Paul’s Pattern

  1. James 3:1 says “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.”

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