Read Philippians 3:7-14.

Paul had a lot to brag about by the standards of his time, and even ours too. He even admits that “as for righteousness based on the law” he was “faultless” (see Phil. 3:6). But he immediately declares that all these religiously good things he’d done and everything he could have bragged about he considers a complete loss for the sake of Christ. He considers them “garbage” according to verse eight. But he doesn’t just stop there, telling us what not to pursue in life. He also tells us Who we should pursue–God.

Sometimes we emphasize the part about throwing off all worldly or religious impressiveness but forget why we’re doing it. We throw off our own “good deeds” because we see that Jesus is so much better. As Paul says in verses 8-9:

“I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”

Paul was considered faultless by the Jewish religious elite, but he threw it all off when he saw Christ so that he could accept Him, Who is so much better. And what was Paul’s ultimate want in all of this? “I want to know Christ…” (see verse 10). He gave everything else up for God because He is that great.

Paul admitted he wasn’t done growing in Christ, but he kept going. He forgot what he was leaving behind and kept moving forward in God, reaching for the goal. We also are still growing. We need to let all of our own achievements go and seek to glorify God. This doesn’t mean we let go of everything else and do nothing but read the Bible and pray; God uses the things we’re doing now to magnify His Name. Whatever your talents or passions are, trust that God has a way for you to use them to glorify Him. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

We should long for God’s presence in everything we do, no matter what it is. Thank God that you have this relationship with the Lord God Almighty and ask God to show you how He wants to come into what you’re doing in your life right now. And listen.