Note Who God has Placed You With
Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 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.) (Philippians 3:16-19)
Paul wrote to the church at Philippi that the goal for us as believers is unity in the faith. There is extraordinary power in unity. He wrote, “let us walk by the same rule and mind the same thing.
In other words: let us all move the same direction desiring the same thing from God.” But how are we to move in the same direction if we all move at the same time? That seems like it could be chaos, but God places leaders in positions to direct flocks to have the same focus and direction. That’s why Paul wrote, “be followers together of me.” Paul was the leader that the early church followed, and God still places certain people in positions of authority so we can all go the same direction. Those who say they are Christians but haven’t attached themselves to a pastor are wandering sheep. They lack direction and are putting themselves in a dangerous position.
Paul noted that God also anointed others to set an example as leaders: “and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample [example].” In other words, pay attention to those who follow God and the leader He has placed over them. Every leader should be accountable to another leader. Paul noted that some had left his leadership because they followed their own greed, desiring glory, and focusing on the ways of the world and not the things of God. Paul warned his readers not to support those who had departed.
Practical Application – Who has God assigned to be your pastor? Pray for him or her. Study what God has told them to do so you can help them achieve it. Ask God to show you how you can bless your pastor.
1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Corinthians 4:15