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Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 99/260: Read Philippians 3

How important are your accomplishments to you? Did you graduate at the top of your class? Did you get a scholarship to the school of your choice? Do you own your own business? Do you live comfortably with more than enough money set aside for retirement?

All of these things are good, and there is certainly nothing wrong with striving for success in this world…as long as it does not hinder your journey to heaven.

Saul of Tarsus had everything a Jewish male desired when it came to status. He had fulfilled his duties as they related to the Old Law and was a zealous Pharisee, persecuting the church that threatened the Jewish way of life. But when he learned the truth, he was willing to set all of that aside. “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.”

In eternity, your grade point average does not matter. God doesn’t care which college gave you a diploma, or how many employees are under your rule. Your bank account means little to the Lord if you’re not using it in His service.

Perhaps the most impactful statement of Paul in this chapter is this: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Don’t let the things of this life pull you away from your ultimate goal: eternity in heaven. Everything we do in this life, including the opportunities we have in this country, must be done with our eternal citizenship in mind.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Philippians 2:4. Let each of you __________ out not only for his own __________, but also for the __________ of others.

Pray

Pray for perspective in keeping first things first.

Be better, live better, serve better

A new year is upon us; many people make resolutions to better themselves. Eat healthier, exercise more, read more, write more, learn a new instrument…the potential positive resolutions are numerous. There are, of course, more important resolutions than these. Children of God should be continually examining themselves spiritually and resolving to be better, not just at the beginning of the calendar year.

The apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Paul recognized that he still had work to do. He knew he could be better, live better, serve better. Christians today should realize that we, too, must continue to “press toward the goal” as long as we have breath in us. We cannot allow our past mistakes and forgiven sins to hold us back, rather “forgetting those things that are behind” (the failures of 2016) “and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (the opportunities that await us in 2017 and beyond).

Can you resolve each morning that you wake up to be better than you were yesterday? Live better than you did yesterday? Serve better than you did yesterday?