In the previous article we talked about giving up everything Christ. Read that article now.
If you look at Philippians 3:8-9 Paul confessed that he viewed his achievements as garbage, so he could “gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness” of his own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”
Remember, Paul, a former Pharisee, was well-established (Philippians 3:5-6). He was also a man who had previously persecuted Christians.
Then God transformed Paul to the point where he gave up everything for Jesus. That was obviously a major experience (Acts 9). Don't you agree?
Now, do you love God like that? Are you willing to give up all that you love just so you can fulfil the calling of God on your life?
Think of the word garbage. This word has a negative connotation, right?
When I think of the word garbage, I imagine spoiled, rotten meat with maggots all over it. That is how Paul described his successes after developing a relationship with Jesus.
I dare you to hold up to heaven all the things you value and make a promise to place Christ above them all.
One last thing. Not only did Paul call everything garbage, but he also desired to participate in the suffering of Jesus (Phil. 10-11). Wow, that is another level of love, right.
Prayer: Father God, give us that same desire like Paul. Let our hearts burn with love for You. Give us boldness in You. May we worship and serve your people in power. Give us the desire to give up everything for You in the name of Jesus. And when we face problems, let us count it all joy like Paul did. Amen.
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