Philippians 3:2-11 (listed below are verses 7-11):
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything a 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 rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in HIm, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—–that I may know HIm and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, that by any means possible I attain the resurrection from the dead.
Our whole life and identity is wrapped up in Jesus Christ alone.
Before meeting Christ, Paul was confident that his life was the best anyone could ask for. He put his confidence in the fact that he was circumcised on the 8th day, from the tribe of Benjamin, a Pharisee (an important person in Jewish religious life), a zealous persecutor of the church, as to righteousness under the law, blameless. In fact, he called himself a Hebrew of Hebrews. Paul boasted at one time that he was a very important man and he felt sure he was working his way to God. Paul was sincere in believing he was protecting God’s name from blasphemy by killing the Christians who proclaimed that Jesus Christ was indeed God. But Paul was sincerely wrong, and one day Jesus stopped Paul on the road to Damascus to tell him so.
Paul realized after coming face to face with Christ that everything else that he put his confidence in was rubbish. It is not wrong to be proud in who God makes us to be and of the work he has given us to do. But it is wrong to place these things before God as if we are anything because of them.
Paul said that knowing Christ far surpassed that of any status he may have obtained on his own. And he is not just talking about knowing there is a person named Jesus Christ ,but actually having a relationship with Him on a personal level. Paul also wanted to be found righteous before God. That means he wanted to be in right standing with God, and the only way that could happen would be to know Jesus, who is the only one that can forgive our sins. Paul was willing to lose all to have Christ’s power. When Paul accepted Jesus, the power of the almighty God came upon Paul, just as it does us. It is the power that gives us strength to go on day to day and the power to be courageous during difficult times. The power that it took to raise Jesus from the dead is within us. Hallelujah. Paul wanted to have fellowship with Jesus. That means here that he wanted to take part in his suffering and that meant bringing his life under the leadership of Christ. Paul realized that by losing his life to Christ meant that he would live with him one day in glory.
We all have the same choice to make that Paul did. We have to decide if the things of this earth are what we are going to live for or will we give our lives to Christ to be ruled by him. You may be able to say as Paul did, I have a right to boast. After all, I have a great job, make a lot of money, belong to the club by my house, and even attend church with my beautiful family at my side. But these are not the things that God looks at that makes us righteous before Him. He wants your heart, and the way for that to happen is for you to give your life to Jesus and allow Him to be the One that brings you confidence and stability. He wants to be your everything.
Have you put your trust in Christ alone ? If not, what are you putting your trust in? Would you be willing to let go of the things you are putting your confidence in to gain Jesus and eternity?You can by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.