Hitting the Mark
Fully Submitted to Christ as Lord – Part 6
Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:10-14
Key Verse: Philippians 3:10
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death
One of the most encouraging verses in the Apostle Paul’s writings is found in Philippians 3:12: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Here Paul is referring to the observable behavior of our lives. It is obvious that we are not made perfect in our behavior. We all make mistakes and failures, even as we strive to be perfect in Christ. God did make us “perfect” in our souls, once we believed. What He sees is perfection, because it is the work that Jesus accomplished on the cross for us. We are given God’s righteousness and it is perfect! However, it is a life-long effort to get our flesh to cooperate with the work inside us. As we are obedient to the Spirit—the Apostle Paul called this, “keeping in step with the Spirit”—we align our outer man more and more with God’s inner work.
Most of us look at the Apostle Paul as a hero of the New Testament. He wrote most of the New Testament, being inspired by the Holy Spirit. He was faithful, even during being beaten and imprisoned over and over. Yet this great man of God admitted that he had not obtained perfection. He was willing to be real to all his readers and to himself. That is what God’s work does for us, it makes us real. God doesn’t want us to fake anything or act like we are perfect; that is far from a good witness for Christ! No, God wants us to be authentic, admitting we are broken people who are being re-made into the image of Christ. We are to apologize when we blow it and strive to get better in all the broken areas of our lives! (Continued)
Father, I trust the perfect work you have done inside of me. I will stay in step with the Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, amen.