Read Philippians Chapter 3. What is Paul warning the church to watch out for? Paul writes that he places no “confidence in the flesh.” What does that mean? Do we do that today with certain practices or criteria? Paul was focused on his goal – the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Reaching a goal means saying “no” to some things in order to say “yes” to others. Where have you had to do this in your life? What is your goal?
Verse 18 refers to those who walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Who are these people and what are they doing?
I have always felt convicted where Paul writes in verse 17 “Join in following my example.” I did not feel I could say that about my life because it is too untidy with doubts, sin and self with many questionable choices. Here is a quote from the Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson that fits right in with what Paul is saying and my concern that I do not perfectly reflect Jesus. “We can’t model perfection because we’re not perfect; we can only model growth. The people around us need to know we are real people who are in the process of becoming like Christ. They need to know how we handle failure as well as how we handle success.” (page 168)
I heard this song for the first time on the radio and wanted to share.