Confidence in What?

September 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

In Philippians 3:4-14, Paul warns against a false “confidence in the flesh” (3:2-4).  The danger lies in the many good reasons why we could or should have confidence in fleshly matters.  In fact, Paul identify many such matters as rooted in our cultural heritage that is dear to us and good things in itself.  Fleshly matters could be very important interests to which we are supposed to be very loyal.  For Paul it was being circumcised, being a Hebrew and part of a specific tribe, as well as being “faultless” in “legalistic righteousness” (3:6).  What is it for you and me?  Despite these important allegiances that all seem to be good things in itself, Paul had to make the crucial discovery in his life that these things are not the most important things when you are a follower of Jesus Christ.  He puts it in radical terms:  “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ…” (3:7-8).  In what do you put your confidence today?

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