Philippians 3: 8-9 – Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith
Paul is exhorting the church at Philippi to recognize the only thing that matters is faith in Jesus. Everything else is garbage, can be lost, and is inconsequential to knowing Jesus. Paul has suffered for the sake of the gospel. Righteousness does not come from keeping the law/works but form faith in Christ.
Paul’s strong message to the church at Philippi challenges me today. I need to know that Jesus is the only thing I need. I must be careful and guard to not think there is anything I have done or will do to be righteous on my own apart from saving grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Be prepared to suffer for the name of Jesus and it will draw me closer to Him and have my identity in Him.
Thank you for the truth in this message from the Apostle Paul. Let the Spirit guide me to submit everything to you trust you completely, realizing I am totally reliant on you. You are my greatest need and your grace is enough. Give me strength and courage for what challenges come for following you. Let me identity be in you to glorify and point others to you.