Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
Philippians 3:17  

When I started college, I thought it would be great to join the Ultimate Team. The team had previously won the national championship for their division, so I was appropriately intimidated. I barely knew how the game worked, let alone the skills and strategies.
As I quietly got in line for drills, I tried to do what the experienced players were doing. I watched them intently to see what their eyes, arms, and legs were doing. I listened to their instruction and slowly began to move, think, and act appropriately on the field.
Paul is instructing the Philippians in the way of the gospel, reminding them of the truth of what Jesus has done and the way he did it. Already, he emphasized humility, service, and a willingness to suffer for the truth as marks of discipleship and faithful Christian living. We are to imitate Christ.
But, Paul also highlights that in the church, God gives experienced wise Christians who are worth following and watching in regards to our conduct in the world. We know Paul, Epaphroditus, and Timothy were specific models for the Philippians and maybe you can think of those who have served this role in your life.
Of course, any leader or person has their limitations and Christ is our supreme and only perfect example, but that shouldn’t diminish our appreciation for those who are faithfully modeling and pointing to the truth of the gospel in all the dimensions of their life. Following their lead will strengthen us in our greatest goal which is following Christ.

Our God and Father,
We thank you for the godly examples in our lives. We thank you for working in people’s lives to help them cherish your gospel and live in your way. Strengthen your church through your people and raise more and more people to humbly serve others in Jesus’ name. We pray this for Your glory, Amen

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