PRACTICE THESE THINGS

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:8,9

“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me — practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philppians 4:9)

Paul tells us to put into practice the things we have learned. Having head knowledge is not enough. If what we know isn’t influencing our actions, it has little value to us. Earlier in this epistle Paul wrote, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12b). We are to work out the implications of the gospel and put them into practice.

Paul was a mentor and a disciple-maker to many. He lived out his faith. He devoted himself to living a life that brought honor to Christ. Therefore, he could say, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me — practice these things.”

As I thought about this passage, I realized how important it is for us to have mentors, especially those who will help us grow spiritually. Christ’s call to His church is to make disciples. We must be willing to invest in the lives of others. We are called to model the Christian life in order to equip others to follow Christ and who in turn will equip others.

Another things that stands out in this passage is the difference between education and transformation. If what we are learning isn’t having a life changing impact on our lives, we are simply being educated and not experiencing transformation. The gospel changes us from the inside out. It affects our hearts and actions, and not just our minds.

Think about Paul’s words, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me — practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” I hope as a father and grandfather that I can truthfully say these words to my children and grandchildren. We set an example to others by the way we live our our faith. When we realize that the God of peace is with us, we have great ability to work out our salvation.

Lord Jesus, give me the ability to live our my faith. May Your Spirit transform my life as I learn more and more about You. Enable me to be a godly example to my children, grandchildren and friends. I cannot do this without You, but I know that I have the God of peace with me.

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