What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me- practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
The book of Philippians has always been an encouragement to my walk with God. In four short chapters, Paul’s words of joy ripple across the pages like a stone skipping across a pond, despite his difficult circumstances.
I came across Philippians 4:9 recently, and I was challenged to think about this verse in a different way. Instead of focusing on the audience application, I began pondering the author’s perspective. In doing so, a parenting light bulb went off in my head (Granted, I think my light bulb might have a lower wattage than others, but there was light nonetheless). I believe in sharing these verbs with the church at Philippi, Paul also gave us insight into what it means to be effective leaders and to be effective parents. You see, all the verbs in Philippians 4:9 are passive in the sense that some other action must have taken place beforehand. The later verbs could not have taken place without prior implied actions from the author. Read these implied verbs below, and ask yourself how you would score on a leadership/parenting report card?
- TEACH – Before one learns, another must teach.
- GIVE – Before one receives, another must give.
- SHARE – Before one hears, another must share.
- DO – Before one sees, another must do.
- MODEL – Before one practices, another must model.
In which area are you succeeding? In which area do you need growth? Imagine the strength of our families, ministries, and workplaces if we could effectively teach, give, share, do, and model Biblical principles. Pick one area and work on that this week. Teach your child a new skill. Give your child your personal attention and time. Share with a co-worker something from your personal life. Do and model Christ-like behavior in your family and organization. Grow your leadership by increasing your capacity to teach, give, share, do, and model.
And if you’re stressed at trying to do these five things, remember that the “peace of God will be with you.”
Make it a great day, and God bless!
High School Pastor
North Ridge Community Church