Tuesday, February 28, 2006

philippians 3:1-11

Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

Dear reader, my best wishes for a good day for you. What does God have in store for you today? As my friend Forrest Gump would say, "--- it is like a box of chocolates, you don't know what you are going to get." Let me add – and you will like it. That is today’s message from Paul to the folks in Philippi. He rejoices in knowing that every day with Jesus Christ in his life is better than his prior life before knowing Christ.

While we rejoice in the Lord we must remain conscious of the world around us and the threats that exist in it. He reminds his readers that just being in the Jewish community does not protect them fully from the treats around them. He speaks with some pride of who is (was) within the community (tribe, club). He is proud of the "valuable" status and position he achieved. Does this sound familiar? When you are in a club, don't you want to be recognized by the club? Sure do! The Jewish community were chosen by God and set them apart from the others. The community held a very special place in God’s eyes; but did the individual??

God’s gift of Jesus Christ set this straight. His personal redemption clearly illustrated that we as individuals are recognized by God as his chosen person. Paul acknowledges this to be infinitely more valuable than recognition by the community. In fact, he considered it a "loss" as compared to the “gain” of a personal relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ.

Praise God that I learn something every week as I do my reading for Tuesday. This week I learned that Jesus Christ provides me direct access to the salvation I seek that can come only from God and not from a club or community, --- and clearly not the Company I work for. Praise God!

AMEN

John Dickie

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