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• READ: PHILIPPIANS 3:1-11
Garbage. Rubbish. Dung. Those words don’t usually come to mind when we think of studying God’s Word, living a holy life, or obeying God’s good law. It seems strange to label any of those good things as “worthless.” But that’s exactly
what Paul says in today’s passage.
You see, any of these wonderful actions can become evil if Jesus is not at the center of them. When we do good things to try to earn our salvation or favor with God, we are trying to do Jesus’ job for Him—and that never works.
Jesus is the only One who can save us. He is the only One who lived a sinless life. He is the only One who took our sins upon Himself, dying on the cross. He is the only One who gives His righteousness (or sinlessness) to anyone who trusts in Him. And He is the only One who raised Himself from the grave, defeating death and ensuring the resurrection of His people so we can be with Him forever.
If our actions aren’t centered around Jesus and what He did, no matter how good those actions seem, they are worthless. We’re sinners to the core, so good behavior can never make us whole and right before God; only Jesus can do that.
But what if our actions are centered on Jesus? Well, that changes everything. Any non-sinful action can be done with Jesus at the center.
When Paul talks about how worthless everything is apart from Christ, he isn’t saying, “The only important things are church and devotions, so we don’t have to care about work, our health, or relationships!” To the contrary: if we remove Christ from the way we approach work, health, or relationships, those things become garbage. But if we realize Jesus cares about every aspect of our lives and His work affects everything, we can live every part of our lives in light of who He is and what He has done for us. And that, my friends, is priceless.
• We try to earn our salvation for one of two reasons: (1) we are so full of shame we try to make up for our sins or (2) we are so full of pride we think we aren’t that bad. Which side do you lean toward? (To learn more about knowing Jesus through faith, check out our "Know Jesus" page.)
• How does Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection affect every part of your day-to-day life?
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. Philippians 3:8 (NLT)
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Taking the Next Step
• READ: GENESIS 12:1-8; ROMANS 8:28
"But I don’t want to go.”
For months, I begged Mom. I didn’t want to leave our home to move to a new state, hundreds of miles away. I didn’t want to say goodbye to friends and neighbors I had known forever. I didn’t want to start all over again, especially in the middle of the school year.
“Why can’t I stay here?”
But I knew why. Cancer.
We had lived in Florida my whole life, but my dad had to take a new job in North Carolina to help pay for mom’s treatment. And they would not leave me behind. I just wished we didn’t have to move so far away.
Change was scary. Making new friends had always been hard for me. Would they like me? Would I do well in school? What if I didn’t like it?
God told Abraham to leave his home in Haran and take his family to Canaan... hundreds of miles away on the other side of the Arabian Desert. So he gathered his family and everything they owned and walked across a hot, dusty land to their new home. When they arrived, he pitched a tent and built an altar to tell God, “Thank You.”
But I often wonder: Was Abraham afraid to go? Did he ever ask God if he could stay? What gave Abraham hope during this time of transition?
The answer? Abraham looked ahead at what God had promised him—to make a great nation in this new place.
In the same way, I can trust God is using even really hard situations for good. He is working, and His promises and kingdom aren’t shaken. He has promised to one day make all things new, and I can take the next step knowing He’ll be with me through it all.
• What changes are you facing now? What is keeping you from taking the next step?
• How can Jesus’ promise to be with you affect the way you see the situation you’re facing?
And remember, I [Jesus] am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20 (CSB)