Thursday Aug. 28 * Phil. 3:10-12

Phil. 3:10-12 

10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.  12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

 

For those of us who are true believers, we will experience the power of Christ’s resurrection, we have Him as our constant companion in any suffering, and we will become like Him in death.  We will ultimately experience victory over sin and death because of our faith in Christ.  Take a moment to read Paul’s encouragement to the Corinthians:  50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Cor. 15:50-58)

 

Can you imagine what it’s going to be like to be changed from this perishable body to an imperishable body.  Can you imagine what it’s going to be like to have a resurrected mind and body like that of Jesus Christ?  Can you imagine what it’s going to be like to no longer struggle with sin?!?

 

As Paul said in Phil. 3:12 – none of us have arrived.  None of us are perfect and won’t be until we are with Christ.  We walk in direction, not perfection.  As much as I hate to admit it, I’m often reminded of just how imperfect I am; wrong thoughts and attitudes, self-centered when I want to be Christ-centered, lack of discipline, fears and worries, etc.  Knowing this doesn’t give me (or you) a license to sin and think it’s okay; nothing could be further from the truth.  I hate the sin in my life and am dissatisfied with my spiritual condition; so I continue to strive to be more like Christ.   I’m so glad God promises to complete the work He began in me when I trusted Jesus Christ  (Phil. 1:6).

 

You might want to take a moment to thank God that He doesn’t give up on you.  Thank Him for His promise to complete the work He began in you when you trusted Christ.  If you struggle with sin, you’re not alone.  Don’t excuse it; turn from it and let your imperfection motivate you to strive for Christ-likeness every day.  God has provided everything you need to overcome your sin and live a Godly life (Phil. 4:13; 2 Peter 1:2-3).

 

 

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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