“Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9 NLT
Paul wanted the believers to continue in the things he had taught them. He not only had taught them, but he had also lived the life before them. His life was exemplary of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul wasn't telling the believers to believe in him or to pay him homage but to remain steadfast in the faith that he had instructed them. However, it is important to understand the principle of leadership. Paul was appointed and anointed by God to carry the gospel of grace to the world. It was extremely important for the followers of Christ to listen to his instruction and to allow his life to set the example. We all would do well to understand the significance of godly leadership. When you have a godly leader, submit to his leadership, watch his life, and follow his example. Certainly, always keep your eyes on Jesus and never retreat. Staying on course is helped by having a biblical, godly example.
Rev. Curtis Norris