JOY IN MATURITY
Philippians 3:7-16 NASB
7But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
- Monkey Bars (v. 3:7-9)
- Leg Days (v. 3:10-11)
- Beam Me Up Scotty (v. 3:12-13)
- Forgetting Passwords (v. 3:13-14)
- A Halfway House (v. 3:15-16)
- (v.3:7-9) Paul wants us to mature and grow. Paul gave up the things that mattered to him in order to grow up. What things do you hold onto that are actually holding you back What would it look like to let go of it today to gain Christ?
- (v.3:10-11) Following Jesus isn’t easy. He asks us to join Him in His suffering, denial and death. In what ways do you avoid doing the hard things and choose comfort over Christ?
- (v.3:12-13) Paul says that he hasn’t arrived. In what ways do you live like you have arrived and no longer need to grow and mature Where do you tend to use binoculars to look at others instead of a mirror to look at yourself?
- (v. 3:13-14) When we fail to forget the past, we end up living with either a glam shot or a mug shot mentality. Where have you found your identity in past successes or failures?