Scripture - Philippians 3:12-17
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
The known flack you receive as a result of modeling Christ serves to advance the gospel.
Your road to the Cross is your way to deliverance.
Deliverance is defined by Christ being exalted in your body, not by the preservation of your body.
We have to re-introduce ourselves into the world the way Jesus introduced Himself into the world.
We must get rid of our own modeling first in order to model ourselves after Christ.
You’ve got to be willing to lose your reputation outside of Christ in order to model Christ.