Following Christ into Eternity – Philippians

I cannot help but continue this morning in my daily thoughts taken from the Book of Philippians.

Let’s make the scripures more personal by removing my name and replacing your name in the parentheses. Watch the scriptures come alive.

Are you willing to surrender and accept all that Christ has for you? This is what is called “a relationship”.

Philippians 3:7 – 14 (NLT) I (Paul) once thought these things were valuable, but now I (Paul) consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I (Paul) have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I (Paul) could gain Christ and become one with him. I (Paul) no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I (Paul) become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I (Paul) want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I (Paul) want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I (Paul) will experience the resurrection from the dead! I (Paul) don’t mean to say that I (Paul) have already achieved these things or that I (Paul) have already reached perfection. But I (Paul) press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I (Paul) have not achieved it, but I (Paul) focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I (Paul) press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

What a promise! If you are willing to give up everything else, follow Jesus Christ, you will have an abundant life.

The only way to know Christ and experience the mighty working power that brought Him back to life is to be willing to give up everything for Him.

In similarity, when we get married to our spouse we decide to leave Mother and Father and cling to our spouse.

Where are we spending our time?

What are you clinging to in life?

Our possessions, our jobs, our houses, TV, movies, etc. Sometimes just doing life will keep us so busy.

Our “relationship” with Jesus, a daily walk (through prayer time, Bible reading/ study) should never be left out, for this is what will take us through this life and into the next life…for eternity!

As always, love in Christ Jesus,
Paul Lundmark

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