PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
The things you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these things do. [PHILIPPIANS 4:9]
In today’s verse, the apostle Paul emphasizes that the Philippian believers needed to practice what they learned, received, heard, and saw in his life.
First, they learned from his personal instruction, which included preaching, teaching, and discipling (cf. Acts 20:20). He expounded Old Testament truths and the meaning of New Testament revelation, explaining how it applied to their lives.
Next, what they received from Paul was the direct revelation from God. Scripture makes it clear that Paul received direct revelation from the Lord and then made it known to the believers (cf. 1 Cor. 11:2; 15:1–3; 1 Thess. 4:1).
From other sources, they also heard about Paul’s character, lifestyle, and preaching. They were aware of his impeccable reputation.
And what the Philippian believers saw in Paul they knew to be true from firsthand experience.
Like Paul, your life should be worthy of imitation by other believers. So “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).