17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us (Philippians 3).
We’ve all heard the idiomatic rhyme: “Birds of a feather flock together.” Perhaps if the saying were alive in his day and culture, Paul might even have used it here, for it does definitely seem to incapsulate the meaning he is trying to convey. Or, if another idiom had been available, he might have encouraged them to become “Copycats” of other believers who were like him.
Super-spiritual folks might rebuff this notion with an exhortation that we follow no one and copy no one but Jesus alone — that He alone is the only Standard for us, and that all men, no matter how spiritual, still fall short. And yet, it is clear from this verse that, while Jesus is the Standard (and yes, we all do fall short), there are indeed those whom God places around us, those whose standards of living reflect at least in some degree that perfect Standard — and it is not idolatrous to follow them and imitate them.
Lord, thank You for putting people like Jesus around us. Help us This Day to keep an eye out for them, and then, once found, an eye on them. Amen.