Monday, July 31

Philippians 3:7-11 (ESV)

7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, 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 9 and 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, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.


Reflection

Highlighted, underlined, and quoted again and again, today’s verses

from Philippians 3 are often emphasized as they so elegantly bring

peace to situations when things go awry. Whether things of this world

are going swell or less than swell, it all comes second to knowing Christ

and the overwhelming power of his resurrection. When I think about

the truth in that statement, I just have to smile and shake my head at

myself when I think of all the little things that fluster me.

As a runner, I train every day with the goal of getting just a little bit

stronger. When I fail to do so however, I often let it stress me out and

consume my thoughts. If I understand the surpassing value of knowing

Christ Jesus, then why should this upset me so much? Now don’t get

me wrong, these verses are not discouraging excitement and

disappointment. There is nothing negative about human reactions. The

problem lies however, in where I define my worth. If my work is where

my worth is, then it’s only natural that a setback in my work would

cause great distress. It is only when I truly acknowledge that my worth

is defined by God alone that I can find the comfort provided in

Philippians.

I love the reminder Paul gives in this letter of where our worth really

comes from. As verse 9 explains, our righteousness comes not from our

good deeds, but instead “comes through faith in Christ, the

righteousness from God based on faith.” Maybe you feel like you are

rocking this Christian life style, or perhaps you feel like you’re

continuously failing, the cool thing is, GOD DOESN’T CARE! Your

righteousness comes solely through Christ and your faith in him.

Nothing you do or fail to do can change that. As Pastor Greg once said

(or twice…), “GOD LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT!” Remember

today that you are a beloved Child of God and nothing you do can

change that!


Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for loving me unconditionally. Please help

me remember my worth is defined not from anything I

accomplish, but through you alone! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Written by Taylor Justison

Summer Youth Intern

tjustison@stjohns-springfield.org