My Best = Yesterday's Garbage

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Paul (the guy who wrote the book of Philippians) was amazing before Jesus. He came from the RIGHT family, he followed the RIGHT rules, was zealous for RIGHT causes, and was confident because after all he was RIGHTeous. My story is similar is some ways, I came from a great family, and since my parents worked for the Police department I learned how to follow the rules pretty well (at least in front of people), I was raised in a small country church where I learned even more so how to act like a good kid. I had the wholesome family image and I was pretty confident in it.

The problem with Paul and me? We put faith in ourselves.

Paul was amazing before Jesus, because he did the right things and said them as well. He was well thought of and had a good life. He thought he was building a castle of his own awesomeness, but he was actually building a Hollywood-style façade on a beach where the tide was about to come in.

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When Paul finally met Jesus his life changed forever. In Philippians he wrote about it, “And more so, I now realize that all I gained and thought was important was nothing but yesterday’s garbage compared to knowing the Anointed Jesus my Lord. For Him I have thrown everything aside—it’s nothing but a pile of waste—so that I may gain Him.”[1]

Paul apparently realized something important, he realized that just because he came from the RIGHT family, he followed the RIGHT rules, was zealous for RIGHT causes, and was confident because after all he was RIGHTeous, he was not safe.

Paul thought that he was partnering with God on this journey called life. When he met Jesus he dropped the idea that he and God were partners in being justified and he picked up the knowledge that by knowing Jesus alone could he truly be safe and fulfilled.

The same was experience a few years ago. I could not save myself, and that is where the Gospel begins. Unfortunately, it is possible to become a legalistic jerk Christian if that Gospel is not at the center of who I am, and I have screwed it up a bunch.

It is a reminder I need today and tomorrow. I cannot and could not save myself. I needed a God who would come and do life with me, who would be with me, and give me a new life. Jesus came to set up shop on this earth. God the Father is love, but Jesus came to put flesh on that love. Jesus came and turned theory into application, and in doing so changed the world and changed my life.

My prayer is that I would not be a poser of perfection today, but real and broken.

I very much dislike people who pretend to have everything put together in life. They act like they have attained a level of spiritual perfection that just came naturally to them, like some Superman-Christian prodigy. Let's be different.



[1] Philippians 3:8 The Voice