Relying on God as Our Model

Relying on God as Our Model

February 5

Read: PHILIPPIANS 3:17–4:1

The American Cancer Society ran an ad on television showing a father lighting up a cigarette and smoking it. All the while, his young son is watching him. The father lays the cigarette down and walks away. The little boy picks up the cigarette and begins to put it up to his mouth— he is only doing what he saw his father do.

Sometimes we can set some bad examples for others to follow. You are the only Christian some people will ever know. Paul reminds us, “Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do” (v. 17, NIV). Paul used Jesus as his model because Jesus loved people, sought to save the lost, fed the hungry, was a humble servant, understood suffering, and was willing to die for humanity. When people watch us, do they see something in our lives that reminds them of Jesus?

Lord, we thank you for sending Jesus to be our perfect model to follow. Help us to be more like him. AMEN.

About the Author

(1935–2020) Melvin Dillard Sr., along with his wife, Vergie, were the first African American commissioned missionaries in the Covenant. Commissioned in 1996, they served in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire) for six months until they had to be evacuated amid violence. People Melvin led to the Lord trained to become long-term pastors and leaders in the Congo Covenant Church. He wrote the following devotionals for the Home Altar in March 2007.

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