“Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same rule.” (Philippians 3:16)
Paul wrote a thank-you note to the believers at Philippi for their help in his hour of need. He was a prisoner in Rome, but he rejoiced in the spread of the gospel in spite of and because of his situation. (1:12-16) For years, they had participated in the apostles ministry, and he prayed for their continued growth in the real knowledge of Christ.
As Paul considered the outcome of his approaching trial, he expresses his willingness to “depart and be with Christ” (1:23) or to continue in ministry. He appealed to the believers to remain steadfast in the face of opposition and coming persecution. (1:27-30)
Paul encouraged the Philippians to press on to the goal, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. The goal was to win the prize for which Christ had called him heavenward in Jesus Christ. They needed to remember that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. (3:19)
May we keep in mind that our citizenship is in heaven, where we eagerly await a savor, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything, under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
As Christians, we should want to be like our Savior, as we strive to set a good example to those who do not know Him. By our words and actions, others who look at our lives should be able to see that He has made a difference in how we think, speak, and act. Paul confessed that the things he had considered so important before, he now considered rubbish, that he may gain Christ and be found in him and have the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. May we have that same desire .
All things that Paul had considered so important
No longer held any place in his life,
For gaining Christ and being found in Him,
Did for Paul suffice.
May the desire of our heart,
Be to be like our Savior and lord,
And to be with Him eternally
Will be the Christian’s reward.
Dear Father, help us to strive to be like Jesus Christ, that we may be pleasing in your holy sight. In your precious name we pray. Amen.