If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:4b-14, NRSV)
How many of us rely on the past? Or look to the way things were, and if we could only get back to that?
The good old days were the best and if we could only get back to them, then everything would be perfect!
But that isn’t how this works. That isn’t how any of this works.
Paul lays out for us the reason he should be justified, and why he was persecuting Christians. He laid out his pedigree. And in that he held all hope, until he met Christ!
Once Christ had come in nothing of old mattered. It is not about looking back and wanting what was, it is about clinging to Christ and following Him where He leads us.
The past will not save us, only Jesus will!
So let go of everything that could have saved you and cling to Jesus. Give up everything else as the refuse it is. All of life is rubbish, refuse, garbage, dung without Jesus!
So cling to Jesus and don’t look back, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!