In today’s reading Paul looks at the “Priceless value of knowing Christ”. It is found in Philippians 3:1-11.
Paul starts by saying, “Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith”.
In this passage he starts with two ideas – rejoice in The Lord and the freedom faith in Him gives us and watch out for people who will shipwreck your faith.
In verses 2-4 Paul then talks about people wanting to get them to live under the old ways. Things like circumcision and following the Law in their own strength to make them right with God.
Paul knew this way of living. He lists his long list of achievements as a Jew and a Pharisee. He says he lived out the Law without fault, he persecuted the early church and was a member of the tribe of Benjamin.
If anyone had the right to be proud of his efforts it would be Paul. But as we see in verses 7-8 he had a change of heart and life…
“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ”.
Paul realised that knowing Christ and being known by Christ was all that was needed to find salvation. As he says in verse 9, “I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith”.
So today let us hold firmly to Christ and put all our faith and hope in Him. He alone makes us righteous and right with the Father. Christ is all we need.