To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 3:3-9 (NIVUK): ”For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh – though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 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; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 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 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.”
Let me start at the end of today’s study – the prayer: “Lord Jesus, is it any wonder that when people find You they regard everything they had depended upon for salvation – good works, self-effort, self-sacrifice – as nothing? In you is fullness, everything else is emptiness. Thank You. Amen.”
It’s a good summary of today’s reading.
Selwyn has this to say: “Paul’s law-keeping (before his conversion) had become distorted into his own righteousness (v9). Though appreciative of his heritage, he was willing to count it as loss because of ‘the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord’ (v8).
Notice the word ‘knowing’; it means far more than knowing about Him or knowing a system built up around Him – it means knowing Him personally, closely, intimately. Do you know Jesus like that? If not, you can this very day.”
On this Sunday, it’s good to reflect upon the security we have in knowing Jesus. It has been a hard week; with the recent terrorist bombing in Pakistan, the collapse of the overpass in Kolkata, India, and the ongoing war in Syria and Iraq. Millions of people live in fear of what tomorrow may bring and the future appears to offer little hope.
We, who follow Jesus, trust in God through faith that no matter what happens on this earth, we will have a glorious eternal future, where peace always reigns.