Behavior to model
A few weeks ago, I preached a lesson from Philippians chapter 2 in which we discussed the behavior of some individuals which are worthy of imitating. In the third chapter of this book, Paul writes:
Php 3:17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
How many times have we heard as we grew up: “You need to be a good example for….”? Just fill in the blank. A younger sister, a new student, co-worker, or anyone who would be likely to imitate you and pick up your bad habits if you displayed them. Parents learn this lesson real quick with their children who watch and imitate them, sometimes to the embarrassment of the parent.
The idea, of course,that Paul wants for the Christians at Philippi, and even for us today, is to follow and imitate the behavior of those who follow God well.
He begins with the example that Jesus set for us in verses 5-11. This is an example of humility. Possessing so much and yet being willing to set it aside. Then, not just laying aside all of His glory in Heaven but being born into the world of man as a lowly carpenter’s son. As He began His ministry, He was totally dependent on those who would support Him. He had nothing in this world even though He created it all…and it was all His. Then the one thing which you could call His, His life, is the one thing that He did not withhold….He gave that up for us too.
For His humility, God has rewarded Him richly. He has been exhaled on High. It is an important example that we should strive to follow. The Scriptures teach in several places that humility is honored by God.
Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
The rest of the chapter has more examples we can look at in another lesson. The sermon can be heard here.
Who are the Biblical characters that you most relate to and what behavior do they model for you?