How do you typically introduce oneself, or how do we introduce new people today in our midst? Typically we commence with our name and title, followed by our function or position, with each other with the firm or organization we represent. “This is Dr. (so-and-so), CEO of ABC firm.” All through the ages, societies and mankind have a tendency to concentrate on status and stature, rather than substance or character. This was correct in Paul the Apostle’s time as properly. In Philippians three, he starts by listing his pedigree heritage, achievements and accolades (vv. five-six). But in an exciting twist, he goes on to take into account them as loss or rubbish, in contrast to one thing, or an individual, far superior – that is, to know, to obtain, and to be identified in Christ.
Firstly, he counts almost everything in his life a loss for Christ’s sake, in his personal words, compared to “the surpassing greatness of being aware of Christ Jesus my Lord.” This information of Christ extends a great deal additional than just mere head information or facts about an individual. It describes an intimate, active and developing partnership with Jesus, cultivated by way of walking with Him in abiding trust and surrendered obedience.
Secondly, he considers almost everything else rubbish, that he might obtain Christ, from the Greek word kerdaino (from the noun kerdos) which indicates “gain, benefit, profit.” It is the identical word Paul utilizes earlier when he says, “To reside is Christ and to die is obtain.” (Phil. 1:21) Jesus also utilizes the identical word when he laments, “What fantastic will it be for a man if he gains the complete globe, however forfeits his soul?” (Matt. 16:26) and when he describes servants in the parable of the talents, who had two and 5 talents, and stated to have been entrusted, and at some point “gained” additional talents.
Thirdly, Paul’s need is to be identified in him. As the words of “Amazing Grace” goes, “I when was lost but now am identified,” all of us have to have to discover and be identified in Jesus. This does not imply we recite a magic formula or that by just saying the sinner’s prayer, that we are saved. Jesus warns, “Not every person who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21) This starts by abiding in Christ, for apart from Him, we can do absolutely nothing (Jn. 15:five). It then moves to faithful commitment to serving His kingdom purposes.
As we continue down this journey of discipleship, my prayer for us as Christians and the physique of Christ, is that we will develop deeper in appreciate and partnership with Jesus, and commit our lives to know, to obtain and to be identified in Christ.