We see too much of this world and what is around us. It can clog our eyes and mind with astonishment, unease, worry, or fear and dread. Yet, with spiritual eyesight, we can see beyond the temporal world in which we live. Paul talks about seeing the unseen things even in the midst of troubles in 2 Corinthians 4:18. “while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
So the question is, are you seeing the unseen? You might answer yes and no. Yes, you see God’s promises and believe they’re yours but no, you’re not participating in them yet. How do we see the unseen things of God, the promised blessings? It comes down to faith. You can’t even please God in any way without faith. With faith you believe Jesus loves you and died for you. It’s by or with faith you receive the blessings of His new covenant of grace. It’s time to put aside the smack-in-your-face sights and put confidence in trusting God’s Word, His promises. Then step out in faith and with an open heart receive what God has promised. It’s already yours. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV).
Paul says to follow his example in Philippians 3:17. Here he adds an important point. I have both Twitter, Facebook, and other accounts where people “follow” me. Even though I try to be a good example, I don’t expect people to follow me in everything I do or believe. In 1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul says to follow his example but makes it clear we aren’t just following him but ultimately our example is Christ. “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (NIV2011). The image of Jesus is what we want to shine through us, so our example is Jesus.
“To be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). The Word is Jesus and following the Word is following Jesus as our example. We can look at the imperatives of the Word as examples of how Jesus lives. We can read the scriptures and see how Jesus handles situations. If we follow His example, we can’t go wrong. Paul was just a normal person like you and me, but he was following Christ just as we can.
Maybe we can be an example to follow as we follow Christ.