by Gordon Lanpher, ATS Graduate Intern, Children’s Pastor @ The River
“Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal,persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
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 knowChrist—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, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:1-14
There is a famous story about a farmer. This farmer had the same thing for breakfast everyday: eggs, milk and bacon. Eggs, milk and bacon was his breakfast every day for his whole life. Every single day this what he ate. One day before the sun came up. The cow, chicken and pig had their morning staff meeting. They were discussing the farmers breakfast habits. As they were discussing, the pig said, “Why are you only part way in when I am sacrificing the lives of my family for this man?”
How often are we only giving part of our lives to God? Jesus came so we could have life instead of dying for our sins. Yet time and time again we are satisfied with giving MOST of our lives and keeping part of it for ourselves. We do this for many reasons but God does not just want most of your life he wants it all. Paul writes, “I consider everything a loss but knowing Jesus.” This does not mean you have to read your Bible all-time and become a monk. It does show us that we have to allow God to invade every aspect of our lives or it just becomes worthless.
Give over the area where you have not allowed God to become a part of and ask for his grace to make the area fully his again.