Philippians 3:15-21 (NIV)
15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Who are you following after in your life? Who are your role models? Maybe it’s a parent, a trusted adult, a leader, a singer, a sports figure… Who are these people? This may seem like an easy question, but I want you to physically write down who your role models are right now:
Your list may be short or it may be longer than the page you’re writing on. Now, I want you to write next to each of these names why they are your role model. Go ahead and do that.
Next, I want you to put a check next to each of these people who are a positive influence and a star next to these names that have a relationship with Christ.
In this passage by Paul, “Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.” (Verse 17) Paul says that the church here has been watching Paul’s example and model in order to know how to live and how to grow. On your list, do you have these examples? Do you have these models?
If you want to grow in your relationship with Christ, you need people in your life that you can model your life after that seek God. Maybe it’s a pastor, a sponsor, or a parent, but in your life, you need people, preferably older, that have a solid relationship with God and show it every day.
When I was in high school, I had a few of these men in my life that I looked up to and wanted to be like, but it didn’t stop there. I had conversations with them. I asked them deep questions. I let them speak into my life. I liked listening to them and watching them. I wanted to be like them.
These people didn’t ask to invest into my life, and I didn’t ask them to spend 4+ years investing in me. However, I took some initiative and spent time with them. I spent time at events they were at. I spent time learning from them and asking questions.
Who are these people in your life? Who can these people be in your life? I would encourage you to pick one or two of these type of people from your list and ask them if you can spend time learning from them. And if you don’t have someone like this on your list, think of someone in your life that meets this standard and seek them out. These people help us grow spiritually and emotionally in our walks with God. Who is your model? Who is your example?
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