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Day 5: Surpassing Worth of Christ

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Philippians 3:7-14

7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Reflection:

The richness of his life in Christ so deeply captivated and satisfied Paul that everything else was worthless to him, whether it was his possessions, his achievements, or his past.  He was set on a new and clear course of living, no longer for himself, but for Christ from whom he had received much grace.  It was now that Paul understood what a life of generosity was all about, giving himself fully to live for the sake of the Gospel.  With a singular aim and ambition, Paul pursued Christ-likeness to share with Him in His sufferings.  As Paul did this, his desire was that many could also know and receive the riches that he had so freely received.

Response:

As those who have been captured by God’s grace, we too have been set on a new and clear course of living in Christ.  God’s grace marks our transformed hearts and actions now, overflowing in us to live freely and generously by the power of His Spirit in us.  Like Paul, may our singular desire be to live a Gospel-filled and purposed life.  Today, let us forget what is behind and strain toward this life of generosity together.  Let’s pray for the Gospel to advance on our campuses, in our workplaces, and in our communities, asking that many others will also be captured and transformed by the grace of God.  As we ask for this, let’s offer up our lives to be vessels and instruments of His grace to this generation.  May we willingly and joyfully surrender unto the Lord, pouring ourselves out in response to what Christ has done in our lives.

Day 4: Rich in Christ

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Day 3: Overflowing Generosity

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Day 2: Impossible Made Possible

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Generosity in Poverty

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Day 1: First of All to the Lord

Monday, March 21st, 2011