[CF Devotionals] 2003-10-18 - Philippians

Part 26

  1. The Spiritual Mind - Cont'd.

    Paul also makes it clear that God is the source of the power necessary to put things in the proper perspective. He calls this "resurrection power." It is this which God used to remove a resurrected Christ from the sealed tomb. It is this same power that is available to all who walk in the Lord and live in obedience to Him. It is the reality of this power that Paul desires to experience, even though this also means sharing in the experience of His suffering. And with this, Paul looks forward to the time of resurrection. Though specifically what he is referring to here is unclear here.

    May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world" (Galatians 6:14).

    How do we maintain our joy when we have such a proclivity to depend on things as the basis of our confidence? We must accept that the only thing in our lives which can be boasted of is our salvation, a gift from God.

    If Paul's righteousness couldn't save him, then nothing which we hold to be of value is, when it comes to earning our righteousness before the Lord. Yet, and I don't know about you, but I sure know about me - I still oft-times fall into the trap of acting as if who I am before the world, what skills I have, what things I have accumulated, define my worth.

    This isn't to say that there is anything wrong with God choosing to bless us with material comfort. After all, Paul noted that he rejoiced in all things, including in times of plenty.

    And the call to depend only on the Lord doesn't mean it is wrong to hold position and to have a good reputation. After all, this is a requirement for an elder, and therefore for any mature believer. "Now the overseer must be above reproach,..." (1 Timothy 3:2).

    The point which Paul makes for us is that while all these things may be fine and dandy, the things of the world, the esteem of society, is of no value when it comes to pleasing the Lord.

    "Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ" (Galatians 1:10).

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