"Brethren, be followers together of me,
and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample."

Philippians 3:17


When a coach sets out to teach his team how to master a certain sport, he will usually demonstrate the different actions and plays to the players. He may appoint some leaders and encourage the players to study their form so they may "pattern themselves" after them. Then, after the best possible instruction has been given, each player must get in the game and work at it. It takes example, instruction, practice, and discipline to learn the game.

"Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock." 1Peter 5:2,3

In a deeper sense, the Holy Spirit seeks through God's Word to coach us in the game of life. Every believer in Christ will want to master the task of being a child of God and will welcome the aid and instruction of the Holy Spirit. Our "Coach" encourages us to study the greatest example of all . . . the life of our Lord!

God also urges us to look closely at the lives of outstanding followers of Christ. We learn from great men and women of faith. He invites us into the fellowship of the church, where He provides examples of experienced Christians who can help us by advice and example better to play the game of life according to the rules of God.

"Be ye followers of me, even as I am of Christ."
1Corinthians 11:1

Paul wrote two letters to young Pastor Timothy that contained wise words of guidance and instruction for his ministry.

Paul said (paraphrasing),

"Timothy, remember that the grace of God has made you
who you are today ~ a redeemed child of God in Jesus Christ. He has given you gifts if wisdom and leadership, and He expects you to exercise those gifts. You are trained and called to be in God's service. So Timothy, if someone belittles you because you are young, put them to shame by your mature words of faith and loving conduct in life."

"Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." 1Timothy 4:12

Young Timothy was an inspiration of old and young alike, as he read the Scriptures and proclaimed the Good News of forgiveness through faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. What an encouraging example for us to follow!

Today is a great day to be alive ~ for old and young alike,
it is a day to learn, plan, accomplish, and set good examples.
With vigor and enthusiasm in the presence of our precious Lord and Savior, we can accomplish much!


"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour." Ephesians 5:1,2

"Lord Dictated Them"



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