Philippians 4:9 – ‘The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.’
How many times have you heard the phrase, ‘practice makes perfect?’ Whenever an athlete begins to struggle in their craft, the coach makes them get back to practicing the fundamentals.
In his letter to the church of Philippi, the Apostle Paul wants to remind the church that is having some strife within, to ‘remember the fundamentals of the faith you learned from me and saw in me and put them into practice again.’ These fundamentals included: doing nothing from selfishness, but with humility, looking out for the best interests of others. Replacing grumbling and complaining with rejoicing in Christ. Not getting stuck on past shortcomings but remembering God’s grace and mercy to begin each day anew. Praying about everything and worrying about nothing. Choosing our thoughts wisely, taking every thought captive to Christ.
What fundamentals do you need to get back to practicing again? What is it in your life that you do not have peace about that you would not want those you love to learn from you and imitate? Christ’s mercies are new everyday. Do not get stuck on what you cannot change about the past. Learn from it and determine to put into practice the fundamentals you’ve strayed from.
Heavenly Father, I thank you that you have given me everything I need that pertains to life and godliness in Jesus Christ. Help me to practice the means of grace you have set forth to imitate Christ and feel proud that others could then imitate me. Amen.