Welcome to Antidote - the cure for anything
Dear Friends, This is the next in the series of articles for reflection. Please let us know if you find them helpful or if you do not wish to receive any more. The first collection is a brief study on Philippians
Antidote - 2 Christ my goal - Philippians chapter 3
So, how are you feeling today? – are you wondering when it will all end. I’m sure that Paul had similar thoughts in his situation.
He starts this chapter saying that he has no confidence in the flesh. This means that all the achievements he has had in his earlier life don’t count for anything.
Bear in mind that before Paul was converted on the Damascus road, he was one of the most senior Jewish leaders. Just read his qualifications. He excelled in everything he did and became the one to lead the persecution of the Christians with a view to wiping out Christianity from the face of the earth. Under Jewish Law he is deemed to be faultless. Christ had other ideas!
Now he is called by God as an evangelist to the Gentiles who are despised by the Jews, but in obedience to God he sets off in Faith. Despite opposition and criticism, he has founded several churches and is regarded as a father figure in those churches. Peter, considered to be the leader of the Jewish Christians rates Paul highly even though they had a sharp difference of opinion over doctrine.
Paul was arrested for his faith and appealed to Caesar to consider his case. This is why he is in prison, in chains for his faith in Christ.
At the height of his "career” Paul makes an astounding statement. He declares his Goal in the main verse of this chapter. "I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and, participation in His sufferings becoming like Him in His Death. And so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
This is an amazing statement from someone as close to Christ as he is. He admits he is not there yet but is pressing on, putting everything to one side so that he is totally free to follow his goal.
He then advises the Philippian church members to live their Christian lives using him as an example. No, he is not being arrogant – he wants for them what he wants for himself.
What is your goal? Is it to amass wealth and other material things? Is it to have the best of everything in our lives?
We have been given some time to think through our purpose in life. During this period many of us have changed our life priorities. What was important three weeks ago is somehow not important any more and new priorities are emerging. We don’t need to wait for the end of the lockdown to start moving towards our new goals.
I pray that, like Paul, you and I will be able to say "I want to know Christ” and everything else gets left behind as we seek to get closer to Him