Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
“Do as I say, not as I do!” Have you ever heard those words? Many people today who work in factories and the businesses of this world have. If those exact words were not said, they are sure implied by what is seen and lived out.
As parents, we are sometimes guilty of giving our children the same misguided ideas of what is to be understood as right and wrong. We tell our children “You will do so because I said so. It does not matter what I do, you do as I say.”
The truth is it does matter what we do. In fact, it matters a great deal. People will do what they see being done by others much quicker than simply doing what they are told to do. In our verse, Paul says those things which I have taught you, which you understood, or you heard me saying and saw me doing; those are the things you should do. He was simply saying, “Watch me, listen to me, follow me, copy me; I’ll be your example of a Christian.”
Can you tell people to watch you and you will show them what it means to be a Christian? Follow me and I will show you where you should and should not go. Listen to me and you will hear what Christians should sound like. Let me share a little secret with you today. It really does not matter if you tell people to watch you or not. When they heard you were a Christian, they began to watch. Where might you be leading them?
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Joshua 1-4 / Psalm 88 / Proverbs 12 / Philippians 1-4
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Joshua 18-20 / Luke 9:1-26
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… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director