Source of Life

Philippians 3:7-14 (New Living Translation):

7 I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God's law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God's way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that, somehow, I can experience the resurrection from the dead! 12 I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. 

When I read this section of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians I think of the following words Passion, Fervor, Commitment, Love. In this section of his letter to the Thessalonians’ he lays it on the line opening up the core of his heart and soul to them in a loving passionate way.  Paul looking back over a lifetime of relationship with our LORD Jesus Christ states: “7 I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ 9 and become one with him.” 

I can see the fruit of Paul’s commitment with great passion in His relationship with Christ. Paul here is telling us that he is experiencing the fruit of a intimate relationship with Christ. He has found the source of life, of love, of creation, of caring, of healing and every good thing. Everything that gets in the way of that he considers garbage. 

As summer draws to a close we are reminded that the sovereign, eternal God is in control of all even beautiful colors of the Colorado in the Fall.   I pray that each of us this season rekindle, renew or increase our relationship with Christ and renew the joy of knowing him and being found in Him. 

God Bless,

Matt Schneider

 

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