Journal Entry by Trina Bossard
S – Philippians 3:17 (AMPC)
“Brethren, together follow my example and observe those who live after the pattern we have set for you.”
O – Observation
Paul is talking to his readers here to encourage them to be an example of what it means to Live for Christ and take up your cross. He is urging them that anything else is “rubbish” (v8) that they are pursuing when compared to living and chasing after all that God has for them. He doesn’t say it arrogantly as he reminds them of his own imperfections (v12), but rather provides the example of what it looks like and asks them to do the same for others.
A – Application
Firstly, how important it is for us to be around like minded people, running the same race in order to encourage and sharpen one another (Prov 27:17). Secondly, we need to have this always in the back of minds in everyday life. The choices we make, the words we speak, the actions we take….how do these reflect my walk with Christ? Will this represent Him well? Whether we like it or not, or even are aware of it, we have people following us and learning from all of us…despite whether you have a “title” or not. Will your life urge others to want to know Jesus and fall in love with Him too?
P – Prayer
God, will you remind us that our actions and the way we live are bigger than ourselves. That everything in this world is temporal, and nothing else matters except living for YOU. Will you draw people along side those who long to know you more and can provide examples of what it means to live for You.