Saturday, September 05, 2015
Your New Track Record
Speaking of the religious busy-bodies and track-record accountants of his day, the apostle Paul writes to the Philippians in chapter 3:
7-9 The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.
10-11 I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself.
So, look behind and you’ll see that you’ve got a new track record—perfect. Look ahead, and the race, the effort is to know Jesus, who has everything for you already, even before you’ve taken a step. You win. That is your new track record.
(See Philippians 3:1-14; Colossians 3:1-4; 2 Corinthians 3:1-10; Romans 4:23-5:2.)
(This is a transcript of yesterday’s video, “Your New Track Record,” and is for those who might rather read than watch. To see the video, click http://youtu.be/Sz4xtwPcLuk, or scroll down this page.)