Philippians 3:7-16 MSG
The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness. I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.
I love lists. I love checking things off my list. I love the chance to bring an item to completion. It seems we are hard wired to be able to rattle off a compilation of our completed tasks, or accomplishments, or even our to-do lists. And yet, none of these things mean much when it comes to following Jesus Christ. None of this matters much compared to what our Lord has done for each of us.
Trusting God means more than having the best resume in the world. In fact, maybe the best resume only has one entry -- Follower of Jesus. During this time of Lent we have no choice but remember that when we measure our accomplishments with God's ruler the world doesn't measure very well. But when we measure by God's ruler we find that knowing Christ, trusting in Him and being willing to walk with our Master on the roads we travel means more than following all the rules by rote.
How far will we each go to be on Team Jesus? That is the question of the hour. Today's text answers that question. Paul writes, "If there is any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it." What will you do to grab onto Christ's salvation hope? Will you believe and trust fully in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Will you be willing to walk the narrow path of faith even if your life will change? Will you say yes to God's top spot in your life and in your heart?
Prayer: Lord, help me to say yes to you and mean it. I want to see you, Jesus, my Master, my Savior, my Friend. Help me to claim my spot by your side and be willing to risk and count not the cost for your glory and hope. Amen.
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey, Author
Rev. Kelsey is proud to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, MI. Together with the faithful and loving worshipping community at FPC. she enjoys sharing God's Word with others, working to help folks experience God's love and discern their direction in life, and lovingly reach out to the greater Pontiac community.