FRIDAY, MAY 22
“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)
PLACE OF OBEDIENCE
Patsy Dancey tells this story: Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found an elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet-who insisted he didn’t need my help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down, I asked if his wife was meeting him. “I don’t know,” he said. “She’s still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.” –Reader’s Digest
All rules are not for everybody. However, when we obey God’s word we can all experience God’s peace. In Philippians 4:9, Paul promises that the person who keeps learning, and stays open and willing, and keeps imitating other believers will experience the peace of God.
It’s just a fact that the more we learn about who God really is and who we really are the more we will have peace about who is in control of life and the assurance that God will handle it all. So the three questions we are left with are: 1) Are we continuing to learn from God’s word; 2) Are we willing to adjust when God teaches us something He wants us to change; 3) Do we have people in our lives that are good examples in the faith; 4) Are we experiencing God’s peace? Take some time today and ask yourself those questions. Make any adjustments God leads you to make.
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?