1 I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
1 It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, 2 proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,
4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my 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. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
What is important? Where do I place my confidence? Where is my trust to be found? Paul had it figured out. I still struggle with my pride. I chase after stuff that is not important and get lost in my own righteousness. I have been bombarded with messages this week, from the Word, on priorities, and it’s only Tuesday. My resume is not as impressive as Paul’s was, but I can still get hung up on ME! It is clear that Jesus wants us committed 100% in following Him. It is obvious to me that I can’t possibly be as committed to Jesus as I would like to be, if I can spend so much time chasing after the things of Ed. Paul was able to give it all up. He wasn’t talking about material stuff. He was talking about pedigree. He was talking about the stuff that identified him as Saul. He was able to “Die to Self” and pursue Christ. He considered everything that had to do with Saul as loss, compared to the greatness of knowing Christ Jesus his Lord!
Father, help me to place my pride behind me. Turn my heart and focus to Your Son. Give me the courage to exchange all of me for all of You. Help me to forget what is behind so that I may strain toward what is new. Thank you for Your Son. He is the living proof of Your Great Love and Faithfulness. I will praise Your Name morning and night and spread it through the generations. Blessed be the name of Jesus!, Amen!