Some grow in their faith by imitating the faithful. Some enhance their faith through study. But today’s lessons suggest that faith involves discovery. Discovery happens in the moment when we shout, “I see!” In that moment we not only learn what was discovered, but we make our own discovery.
The apostle Paul was trying to express this when he asked Philippian Christians to “join in imitating me.” His suggestion did not arise from a satisfaction with himself. He writes of his anguish when people live as “enemies of the cross”—an experience he had known firsthand.