Philippians 3:7-11 What’s in your plus column?

Saul wanted to exterminate the Christians–those stubborn misinformed low-lives who didn’t have any of the right credentials. God stopped him in his tracks and turned his life totally upside down. Everything changed, so it only made sense that he got a new name–Paul. Everything he had believed in and strived for–everything–was worth absolutely nada. But God didn’t empty him out and leave him with nothing. No, God embraced him. and Paul embraced him back and invited him in. God poured new life into the shell of what he had been; replaced inferior stuff with pure gold. He’ll do the same for you.
 
 
 
 
Philippians 3:7-11 (The Message)

The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness. I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.

Here’s how it works: Read the verses and pray about them.  Is there a word or phrase the jumps out at you? Is there a picture that comes to mind? Do the verses remind you of something in your life? Draw a picture or write the words and let the Holy Spirit guide your thoughts.
Why study the Bible this way? If you take it into your mind and heart enough to translate it into a picture or word, it becomes part of you. If you add a sentence or two of explanation, you then engage another part of your brain which cements God’s words even firmer into your heart and mind.
Want to share? Email me at evenhous@iowatelecom.net
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