by Jerry Vines

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Glimpses of Joy (6 of 8)
Journey Into Joy
Jerry Vines
Philippians 3:17-21

On the surface of it, when you read what Paul says, it
sound just a little bit egotistical. Paul says in the
first par to f verse 17, "Brethren, be followers
together of me." He is writing to the believers in
Philippi and you have to keep in mind that Paul is the
one who had led these people to the Lord Jesus. They
didn't even know about Jesus until Paul got there and
told them about Jesus. So when they came to know
Christ as their Savior, the only example they had to
follow was Paul and his party. He is not really being
egotistical. He is basically saying - I want to live my
life in such a manner that you can follow me and in so
doing you will follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

A number of years ago, when I was a teenager, I
memorized a poem. "You are writing a gospel, a chapter
each day. By deeds that you do, by words that you say.
Men read what you write, whether faithful or true.
Say, what is the gospel according to you?"

You are the only Christian someone else knows. The
only Jesus some people will ever see is the Jesus they
see in you. So all of s should make it our prayer that
just as Paul was able to say to these believe - you be
followers of me that - that others can say that about
us. When they follow us we will lead them toward the
Lord Jesus Christ.

At the end of the verse he gives a little contrast.
"Mark them which walk so as ye have us for an
example." There are two kinds of lifestyles he is
going to talk about here.

Verse 18 says, "For many walk. . ." The word, walk, is
used here, not so much as a literal walk, but he is
talking about the journey of life. He is talking about
your lifestyle. How you live your life. How you
conduct your affairs. "For many walk, of whom I have
told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that
they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. Whose end
is destr ...

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