But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. Philippians 3:7-9

Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:

The key to the Christian life is found in ceasing our efforts to achieve it. Just as redemption is by grace, so is the Christian life. Deeply embedded in our human nature is the drive to perform and accomplish and this is what makes it very difficult for us to walk by faith and not by law. How readily we twist our Christian faith into a list of do’s and don’ts. The Apostle Paul excelled at achieving the requirements of the Jewish law. We have our Christian law and we plod along foolishly trying to measure up to it. In today’s Scripture, the Apostle Paul says he counts all such things as loss and rubbish. Why does he do this? Because he has seen something infinitely better and in reality the only thing that works. He has exchanged a system of rules for the person of Jesus Christ.

Paul says the law and his own personal list of achievements in regard to it are no longer the way he operates. He speaks of the surpassing value of knowing Christ and the necessity of gaining him, being found in him, and having a righteousness which is through faith in him. Paul boldly declares that the righteousness (the Christian life) which comes from God on the basis of faith is the only way it will ever happen properly. Spend some time meditating on today’s Scripture and come up your own expression of how the Christian life comes from your own direct connection with Christ and not by measuring up to whatever Christian system you have adopted for yourself. Tomorrow’s Scripture and devotional will be an expression of this that you can use to help you further with this all important consideration.

Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:

Lord, I recognize that I have a lot to learn about walking by faith and letting my Christian life somehow flow from my relationship with you. Teach me, change me, and mold me. Lord, I bow before you in surrender, worship, and expectation. Amen!