You wouldn’t be comfortable with a plane, building, or bridge that had not been built according to a plan based of a pattern…so why life? Why your life?
Too often we approach our life without a pattern…we just make it up as we go…living for the minute. That works in some areas, but not many, especially not in your spiritual life. Too many people are spiritually shooting from the hip…just making things happen…just living. But there is a pattern. Matter of fact, Paul the Apostle said; “pattern your lives after mine”. What pattern was he taking about?
This phrase is found in Philippians…I believe in reference to this passage:
“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:8-14
Imagine if we followed that pattern!