DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
TODAY’S VERSE: PHILIPPIANS 3:1-9
THEME: FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST
WORDS OF HOPE:
Paul inspires the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord always. The Joy of the Lord is our strength as Christians. Our joy is not subject to the things around us. It is a joy that comes from within. He again entreated them to watch out for those who will cause them to live to please the flesh based on their achievements in life.
In verses 4-6, he enumerated his credentials in the flesh but added that all these are worthless compared to the surpassing value of knowing the Lord. Knowing Christ should be our utmost priority in life. (Read verse 8 and 9 again). We must teach ourselves that Jesus is more delightful and more desirable than television, movies, entertainment, comfort, hobbies, rest, sleep, eating, work, family, or anything else that is not sinful but so often interferes with our pursuit and love for Jesus. What are we doing to pursue Christ? What are we throwing away from our lives for the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus? What needs to be thrown away? What needs to be counted as loss?
Finally, we want to be found in Christ righteous. But notice that the righteousness that Paul desires does not come from his own achievements. This is not a righteousness that comes from the law. This is not a righteousness that calls for people to look at Paul and his efforts.
He wants to be found in Christ having been given righteousness from him that comes through faith. This righteousness does not depend on me, but depends on faith. Our achievements do not impress God. We cannot win the favor of God because we have done some good things. We must depend fully upon the grace of God. We want to depend solely upon Christ as the means for our righteousness. So we count everything as loss so that we can gain Christ.
• Pray to rejoice always in the Lord
• Pray to be found in Christ always
• Pray to depend fully on the Lord
I pray in the name of Jesus that I will regard everything I have worthless for the sake of Christ. Amen