Read Philippians 3:4-12 As we follow the exaltation of Christ through the book of Philippians, priorities are the focus of Paul’s Perspectives in chapter 3. Paul lists two sets of priorities and what he thinks of them. Catch that, what he thinks of them. Paul’s addressing of priorities was brought on by Jewish Christians trying to add works to salvation and the christian life. They were trying to convince others to focus on what they bring to God. Faith is important, but are you doing the right things and saying the right things? This is dangerous,and Paul meets it head on. He is quick to point out, if anyone should boast about themselves and their accomplishments, it’s him. He had the advantage over anyone because of his birthright and his choices. He tells them by their standards he is faultless. He uses verses 4-6 to set up our focus verse. It’s sole purpose is to bring down their self-righteousness and self-confidence. He says whatever I am, whatever I have done for and by myself is nothing for the sake of Christ. The word translated rubbish means garbage or bodily waste. That’s how Paul views our attempts to please God on our own. He now gives the believers the only priorities of importance. Intimately knowing Christ, knowing my right relationship with God is through faith alone in Christ alone, to know the power of His resurrection and conforming and transforming to the likeness of Christ. Reflect: What are your priorities? Have you been convinced doing and saying the right things are what matters? Christ can not be exalted if we are wrapped up in self-promotion and accomplishments. We have life, power, and freedom because of what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. We get to exalt Christ in our lives by displaying this to others. When we show kindness, peace, love and forgiveness we are showing Christ to our fellow believers and the lost. Pray: As you pray ask God to free your mind from a works based mentality. Ask Him to set your mind on Him and what you have because of Him. Ask Him to show you the realities of Godly priorities. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:
- What was the best part of your day?
- What was the toughest part of your day?
- Where did you mess up today?
- Where did you see God today?