Imitators by Nature

What does it mean to keep your eyes fixed on Godly examples? That is the key command from Paul in Philippians 3:17. The answer is we continually look in the direction of those who are a few steps ahead of us in our walk with the Lord. It means to focus intently, keep watch, and be attentive. Sometime the idea is negative, “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out [same word] for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them” (Romans 6:17). God hates discord in the church (Proverbs 6:19). Divisive people invite the discipline of the Lord, and you don’t want to be counted among them when it happens. Look carefully at these people and do not imitate them. However, sometimes the idea is presented in a positive way. The practice of esteeming and looking has an imperative force in 3:17. Spiritual leaders should be identified, verified, known, and imitated. Good examples live in front of other people. They are watched and followed as an empathetic yardstick for how well we are imitating Christ. Let’s get past the idea that we are originals, and work hard at finding the right people to copy.

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