“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8
Richard is a very good man. He is active in the community and always lends a helping hand. He goes out of his way to assist anyone in need. Richard follows all the rules. Surely, there is a place in heaven waiting for him. There is not an evil bone in his body.
Richard may be a very good man, but that doesn’t mean he’ll go to heaven. The problem is, Richard has not accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. Richard could be perfect but without Christ he will not enter heaven.
Paul was dealing with the same line of thinking when he was writing this letter to the church in Philippi. He was warning the Christians there to be aware of people who thought they had it all together. Paul even used himself as an example. He was a Hebrew; he was a Pharisee who followed the law; he considered himself faultless of any wrong-doing. Then Christ approached him and Paul realized his “perfect, obedient life” was not going to get him into heaven.
We need to be careful that we don’t get wrapped up in “being good”, thinking that is the way to eternal life. We can be like Richard, doing everything we can to live our lives as good people. That’s great. But watch out! Put on the BELT OF TRUTH and don’t lose sight of the only way to heaven. Good deeds won’t bring eternal life. We can’t earn our salvation.
All these earthly actions are “rubbish” according to Paul. The real gain comes when we accept Christ as our Savior. He is the only true way into heaven. Don’t let Satan convince you otherwise. Hang on to the truth through Jesus Christ. Wear the BELT OF TRUTH as a constant reminder.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
APPLICATION: Continue to do good things, but not because you think that’s how you’ll get to heaven. Do them because you love Jesus Christ and everything He stands for.