Singly Focused


Philippians 3:17 (ESV): 17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.


Paul wrote this letter from prison, and in the context of opposition from some in the Church. Despite his circumstances, he was filled with joy for the grace of God in him and in those to whole he was writing.

He did warn his readers of those who corrupted the gospel, saying they were more spiritual or at least more confident of their salvation because of their heritage, good works, etc.

Paul noted that in that regard he had many credentials, but he gave them all up for the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ in the power of his resurrection, sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that he might attain the resurrection of the dead.

Paul had not attained all this. He was not perfect. But his aim was set. So he invited his readers to join him and others who had this passion for knowing Jesus fully.


Despite our circumstances and what is going on around us, Christ calls us to follow him and to join with those who follow him.

We must not be distracted by the world or discouraged by opposition. Rather, our devotion must be to Jesus.


Heavenly Father, help me to walk according to the example Jesus left behind, as well as those of other followers of Christ. May I be singly focused on following you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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