1st March 2015
‘Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.’ Philippians 3:17 (NIV)
According to Philippians 3:17, Paul was a really great guy, but isn’t it prideful for him to tell us to follow HIS example? Isn’t the church’s answer to just ‘follow Jesus’? Paul also says ‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 11:1). We are called to follow other people who follow Jesus.
Sometimes it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking we don’t need other Christians. This simply isn’t true. We need to overcome our pride and learn from other great Christians. As growing believers, we don’t have to be perfect examples – you can learn from someone who is flawed, and none of us is going to be perfect this side of heaven anyhow. Our responsibility is to strive to be more like Jesus.
Consider these challenges as they relate to your life: Who are you learning from and who are you leading? What should you be learning and how should you be leading?
Question to consider
Who will I look to as models and mentors for my spiritual growth? Who am I willing to be an example to?
Pray that you will be more like Jesus and you will have the opportunity to be an example to others.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.