Philippians 3: 4b-7
“If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more:” vs. 4b
Paul had a ton of reasons to be confident in the presence of God. He was a well-educated Jew, a proud member of the tribe of Benjamin, and had been zealous for the law. He called himself blameless…he’d done everything right in his life! Some people are like that. They’re intelligent, genetically gifted, and have consistently made good decisions in the course of their lives. Life goes well for them and they prosper in all that they do. And yet there’s something missing…they just don’t have satisfaction…and the rest of us wonder why. According to the standards of society they have everything…what more could they want? Paul says that possessing all the world has to offer isn’t enough…what’s needed is the peace that comes from knowing Christ. All those externals do nothing for the soul…they’re like refuse or garbage. That’s why the folks who don’t have it all together sometimes have an advantage over those who do. They are forced by their deficiencies to put all their trust in Jesus, and end up with amazing blessings. It really is a burden to think it all depends on us…no matter how gifted we are, those gifts will never be sufficient and we’ll struggle for serenity. As Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Thought for the Day: How do I feel about my ethnicity?