The influence of the cross

Posted on May 7, 2009 by

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I have always admire the abilities that other fellow humans display. Things like playing musical instruments, painting, sculpting, or performing greatly in a soccer game. I particularly admire those abilities that I personally lack. In Philippians 3:17, Paul says

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.

What is the Apostle thinking by saying this? Is he lacking a good measure of humility? Why should we imitate him, when we know that he is sinner, just like the rest of us? As in almost all cases, the explanation lies in the context. In verses 12 and 13, he gives us a great lesson in humility- I have not optained yet, says the biblical writer. However, at the end of verse 12, he explains where his trust is coming for. He writes

… because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Because now Paul belongs to Christ, Paul can “press on” (v.14). And Paul belongs to Christ because of His work on the cross. It is because of the influence of the cross that, now, Paul sees everything in life as an opportunity to know, in a deeper way, the One who loved him, loves him, and will keep loving him for ever.

Blessings!

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