A young woman whose parents had died while she was an infant had been cared for by a friend of the family. Before she was old enough to know him he went to Europe. Through all his years of absence he wrote regularly to her and never failed to send her money for all her wants.
Finally word came that during a certain week he would return and visit her. He did not fix the day or the hour. During that week the young woman received several invitations to take pleasant trips with her friends. one of these sounded so exciting that she could not resist accepting it. But during her trip her benefactor came, inquired as to her absence and left. Returning she found a note:
“My life,” the note said, “has been a struggle for you; might you not have waited one week for me?” More she never heard, and her life of plenty became one of want.
Jesus has not fixed the day or hour of His return but He has said, Watch. Should He come today, would He find us absorbed in thoughtless dissipation? May we be found each day in the expectant attitude of those watching for a loved one.
Could ye not watch with me one hour?
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).