“I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8
Ever want to become a “new you”? You’re not the only one. Countless others know this and are trying to get your money to help you with your transformation.
Nearly every cover of the most popular magazines and books, the topics of the most popular radio and television shows, and the most trafficked blogs and websites are about one thing: becoming a new you.
But no matter how much we change or what we accomplish as a result, our efforts to use our transformation to gain God’s approval are considered rubbish, garbage, and altogether filthy (Isa. 64:6). No accomplishment in life, no sum of money, and no position can make us acceptable to God. Our “rightness” with God is found only in Christ. You don’t have to change who you are. He accepts you as you are in Christ.
- Why did Paul consider the accomplishments in his life as a loss?
- What did Paul want to gain?
- We all, like Paul, have a gain and a loss column. What are you placing in either of those columns?
Thank God that our acceptance comes from what Jesus has done for us, not what we do for him.
This devotion is adapted from the Who Do You Think You Are? Study Guides with Daily Devotions resource.