“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, 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 is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”
Philippians 3: 8-9
Where does your faith in your self come from? It is common in our society to define yourself by the things you have gained in your life. We define ourselves by our job status, our personal wealth, the number of followers we have on Twitter or friends on Facebook. We even define ourselves by our place in the church. The worst part about all of this, is this is how the world defines us. The world basis respect on these worldly accomplishments. If anyone had reason to talk about himself and how great his accomplishments were, it was Paul. Before Paul became Paul, he was Saul. Saul was a Pharisee of Pharisee’s, the Hebrew of Hebrew’s, the chief persecutor of Christians (Phil 3:5-6). Paul stood by and held the coats of the people who stoned Stephen to death (Acts 7:58). As far as the world was concerned, Saul was “The Man”.
Then something amazing happened to Saul, he met Jesus and his whole outlook was changed (Acts 9: 4-19).
Paul (no longer Saul) suddenly realized what was truly important. All of the worldly status symbols don’t really mean anything to the person who really matters, Jesus Christ. If those status symbols and accomplishments don’t matter to Christ, then shouldn’t mean anything to us. Our worth does not come from our accomplishments (Eph 2:8-9), it comes from the fact that God found us worthy enough to send His only Son to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16).
Place your worth in Christ today. Consider all other things worthless and take confidence in knowing that Christ considers you worthy.