September 2, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

(Philippians 3:17-21)  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.  (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 destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

The Apostle Paul asks us to be followers together of him.  At first glance that looks like Paul is egotistical and asking us to follow him instead of following Christ.  But as we read further it becomes rather evident that this is not what Paul is meaning at all.  Paul is asking us to follow him as he follows Christ. 

As we pass through this life it is good to mark those who are following Christ and those who are following the world.  (Romans 16:17-18)  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Once we have identified those who are following Christ and those who are following their own belly (interests), then we can choose which crowd we want to follow after.  One thing Bro. Charles Worley always told us in the Campmeetings over the years is to find your crowd and hang with them.  I have found my crowd and want to be around those who love the Lord.

A true Christian cannot have close fellowship with someone who does not have the same interests as they have.  Paul says that our conversation is in heaven, so we take interest in heavenly things instead of the things of this world.  We encourage each other with the Word of God and we also rebuke each other with that same Word.  The Bible says that iron sharpeneth iron.  (Proverbs 27:17)  Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

I am truly thankful for my Christian friends.  We can pray together, worship together and fellowship together.  I have marked some brethren that I can follow as they follow Christ and cherish their Christian example they set before me as I try to live each day closer to Christ than the day before.  I just hope that I can be that same kind of example for someone else as we follow Christ together.  I desire to be like the Apostle Paul and say “Brethren, be ye followers together of me”.

Bro. Rick

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