Several weeks ago, I was asked to send a church a short biography of my life. This got me thinking about what we put into our bio’s that make us look good to others. We try to pick out the best parts of our careers and those accomplishments that make us look good to others. If we are honest, it is an ‘ego trip’ for us to tell others about our past.
That is not the way it worked for Paul. Here is one of his bio’s; “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7–8).
This is not how to get a job today. Imagine telling a potential employer that you consider all your past accomplishments as rubbish! But Paul was not seeking employment. He was exposing his heart and inner being to the believers in churches he planted as a model for them to follow. He was very serious about this attitude and says later in this chapter, “Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you” (3:15).
Especially for those of us in leadership in the Church, we need to squarely face what goes on in our hearts and how we look at our past and present status. What model are we living before others? Paul did not take on this attitude because it was a nice thing to do. He meant every word because he desired to “know and gain Christ” above any other pursuit in life, work and ministry. He wanted the Philippians to follow his example.
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