Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – May 21, 2020

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THURSDAY, MAY 21

 

Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 4:9 (NLT2)


 

KEEP WALKING
 

A pilot was flying a plane-load of passengers to their destination when suddenly the rudder malfunctioned. He radioed the control tower in panic, and shouted, “The RUDDER has malfunctioned! What shall I DO?” The air traffic controller radioed back, “Keep calm, Captain. Just repeat after me: Wings flap… check. Velocity… check. Altitude check.”

 

The pilot made the appropriate adjustments and the aircraft continued on course. Not five minutes later, however, the STARBOARD ENGINE stalled. The pilot radioed the control tower and shouted, “The STARBOARD ENGINE has stalled! What shall I DO?” The air traffic controller radioed back, “Keep calm, Captain. Just repeat after me: Wings flap… check. Velocity… check. Altitude check.”

 

The pilot made the appropriate adjustments and again the aeroplane continued on course. However, not five minutes later, the pilot radioed the control tower a THIRD time. This time he shouted, “MAYDAY! MAYDAY! BOTH the engines have gone! What shall I DO?” The air traffic controller radioed back, “Keep calm, Captain. Just repeat after me: ‘Our Father… Which art in heaven… Hallowed be Thy name…'”

 

In essence Paul is saying “repeat after me” in Philippians 4:9. Paul writes, “everything you heard from me and saw me doing.” This is an echo of what Paul wrote in Philippians 3:17 when he wrote, “join in following my example.” As Paul followed Jesus he wanted others to follow him. Paul’s repetition highlights how important it is that we have godly examples to imitate.

 

We all need godly examples! Children need godly fathers and mothers. Young fathers and mothers need godly older men and women to imitate. We should also be available to be an example to people younger in the faith than we are. What would need to change in your life for you to be able to tell others, “Repeat after me” in the faith?

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