April 22, 2021 - Pastor's Corner
For today, our specific focus on our journey of pulling out brief insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians is on 3:12-16. Please take a quick moment to read these verses anew.
As we look at the below insights, please keep in mind that the overall theme of this letter is the gospel’s impact on our personal lives as expressed in a corporate setting. That is, the truths we see in this brief letter by Paul should impact us first as we live them out among our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, namely, the members of the biblical local-global church to which we belong.
From our passage today come the following insights:
- We will remember from last week’s insights that, like Paul, our resolve to depend on Christ alone for salvation motivates us to endure anything that comes with such an undeserved gift. And the foundation of our resolve comes from knowing God’s resurrection power is active in our lives to enable us to live like Jesus in this fallen world. However, just like Paul, none of us do this perfectly. Still, we don’t give up striving to depend on God in living like Jesus because this is the very reason He has made us His own through the gospel. This is the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
- Also, when the thoughts and events of his past came to mind, both failures and successes, Paul actively and continuously chose to disregard them and to put them out of his mind. He didn’t let his past control him because Christ Jesus, the eternal God, already dealt effectively with that stuff through the cross. He chose to live every waking moment in the presence of Jesus Christ.
- Moreover, maturity is having the right view of who Jesus is and who we are in light of such revelation. And that right view includes recognizing that Jesus is the only way to real life. Taken to its bare minimum, life really is all about Jesus. This truth should order every aspect of our daily lives.
As always, I encourage you to read ahead to prepare for our time next week—Philippians 3:17-4:1. Beloved, may grace and peace be yours in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!