I spent some time today in the Word, meditating in it, preparing my heart for my baptism (May 10th). I flipped to Philippians, not quite sure what I was going to read. I started reading Philippians 3 and I was quickly overcome with emotion. I found so much truth in this passage. This passage’s underlying theme is that we are not dwell or hold on to our past or predict what is next to come in our lives. Rather the future lies altogether in knowing Christ now; knowing His sufferings, His character, His lessons, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection- learning, knowing, and striving to become more like Him. This present “knowing” of Christ means that we are maturing and growing in our faith- falling more in love with Jesus! Preparing ourselves for the ultimate prize of knowing Christ forever (v. 7-11).
It is so encouraging to read a passage out of the Bible and apply it directly to your life. I feel like it never fails to teach me something or remind me of a lesson I already know but am forgetting in time of suffering. Amazing! I am so encouraged to live today for the ultimate tomorrow!
1Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
2Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh- 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith- 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
17Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.