I often talk about who I am and what I’ve done. You might say I lay out my credentials. I want to be distinctive in what I’ve done, or should I say I want to sound impressive. The other day, I began reading in Philippians chapter 3 where the Apostle Paul talks about his credentials. He presents a pretty impressive list. When he referred to this as “putting confidence in the flesh”, I was a little concerned. The further I read, the more I was convicted.
The Apostle Paul’s words get stronger. He says compared to knowing Christ Jesus his credentials are garbage. About this time, I recognized how often I bring up my list of accomplishments, or my garbage. I was beginning to understand that I was putting confidence in the flesh.
I pondered the Apostle Paul’s words, and I concluded that my human accomplishments are temporal. They are like dust that will be blown away by the wind. What I do in Christ has eternal significance. Accordingly, the most important accomplishment is belonging to Jesus. Knowing Jesus brings me into God’s eternal kingdom, and only the work of the kingdom has lasting significance.
It’s not about what I’ve done, but about who I am in Christ Jesus. Instead of talking about what I’ve done, I’ll talk about what the Lord has done. The fact that I belong to him is sufficient. In 1Corinthians 1:31, the Apostle Paul reminds me, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” I see that this is great advice.