Last week we examined what it meant to establish walls around ;the mind. "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" states the book of Proverbs. However, it is not only important for a Christian to be proper in his thinking, he must also be consistent in his practice or daily living. The Christian life isn't something that is added onto your life, it's something that takes over your life.
- Your Christian life is designed to have a mentor... "those things you have...seen in me."
The Philippian Christians had Paul as a mentor. They were called to emulate him in life.
- Your mentor may not impress the world... remember that Paul was short of stature, probably not the best of speakers, and definitely not somebody that would turn a head. What counts is not his relationship with the world, but his relationship with Christ.
- Your mentor will encourage you in life... by teaching you what is really important.
Observe, watch, learn and follow. The knowledge you gain from a mentor is invaluable.
- Your Christian life is designed to be a model... "those things you have... seen in me."
Paul says there were four things that characterized his relationship with these Christians.
- You've learned through me... My life and my afflictions have taught you much.
- You've received of me... I was concerned that what you knew moved into your heart.
- You've heard from me... I taught you the Word and how to live.
- You've seen in me... I didn't just say the right things, you saw me live it out.
- Your Christian life is designed to be in motion... "those things you have learned... do."
There is nothing more tragic than a Christian professing something without practicing it. The person who says he believes, but does not do that which he says he believes is deceived. "There are many who agree with God in principle, but not practice" (Richard Owen Roberts). "The hypocrites tongue may be silver, yet his heart is stone" (Thomas Watson).
- Your Christian life is designed to be a mystery... "the God of peace shall be with you"
This is the same peace which passes all understanding that is referred to in verse 7. The world will not understand how you can have this peace in the middle of a storm.
- The peace of God comes through doing... that person who is at peace in the middle of his sin is deceiving himself about his relationship with the Savior.
- The doing comes only by the grace of God... "It is God in you, both to will and to do His good pleasure" says the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:13.
- The grace of God is received through brokenness... God gives grace to the humble."
God has a way of bringing peace to His people by humbling us through circumstances.