READ: Philippians 3

THINK: Reread verses 15-21 and think about Paul’s words on total commitment to God. Write down honestly what you feel and think about his, without judging your own reaction. Then take some time to think about Paul’s words on those who are choosing other goals and directions in life rather than knowing Jesus. What thoughts, memories, or feelings do you have as you consider this? Jot them down too.

Finally, read those verses one more, paying special attention to what Christians have to look forward to. What does this make you feel? Note the promise that evokes the greatest response in you.

LIVE: Think about a circumstance in your life that frustrates you with its monotony or pointlessness. Once again, become aware of the goal in this passage: a simple and trusting openness to God and total commitment to what he has for you.

Now consider the following statement by Oswald Chambers: The spiritual saint never believes circumstances to be haphazard, or thinks of his life as secular and sacred; he sees everything he is dumped down in as the means of securing the knowledge of Jesus Christ.” Do you believe that the God who intends to make you beautiful and whole is the same God who has allowed your circumstance? Why or why not?

PRAY: Ask Jesus to help you become totally committed to wanting everything God has for you. Ask him to help you recognize and avoid taking other paths or choosing other goals. Thank him that there’s far more to life for you than the ways of the world.

Adapted from Eugene Peterson in Solo

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