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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Who are you imitating (Philippians 2)

Have you ever noticed that you can have a brief conversation with someone you don't know and often tell right away if they are a follower of Jesus? Why is that? If someone has dedicated their life to following Jesus, they will imitate Him.

How we live our lives demonstrates who and what we are focused on and trusting in.

For example, if we are focused on and trusting in Jesus, people will see Jesus in how we treat others, what we say, and what our priorities are.

Likewise, if Jesus is not a priority to us, we will likely be living for pleasure, possessions, and the pursuit of prominence.

But as a follower of Jesus, the purpose of our lives is to follow His example and live for His glory.

So how do we do that? Paul told us in his letter to the church of Philippi:

Philippians 2:3-4

  • Don’t try to impress others.

  • Be humble,

  • thinking of others as better than yourselves.

  • Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

So, as we draw close to Jesus and keep the eyes of our heart on Him, the Holy Spirit will shine through us and those around us will see a follower of Jesus who is humble and focused on others instead of just focused on ourselves.

If we are following Jesus, reflecting His image in how we live, others will see:

It's not about me; it's about Jesus

rather than

It's about me and my desires and choices

Dear Lord, I know no matter how hard I try I will never be able to imitate You. But I also know that when I keep the eyes of my heart focused on You, your Holy Spirit will indwell me, lead me, and guide me so that others will see You in my actions, behavior, and priorities. Lord, please take over so that I am reflecting You rather than my own selfish ambitions. My heart's desire is to live for You and bring You glory. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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