Reading: Philippians 3: 4b-12
In our darkest moments Christ is still with us. In times of deep despair or intense suffering, we can still call out and sense the presence of Jesus with us. These things we know in our hearts and we trust with our brains. But sometimes the trial drags on and we begin to question or doubt. We struggle with how a loving and caring God can allow the struggle to go on for so long. Thankfully these are just moments. The trial begins to wane or we again connect to Jesus and realize He has been there all along. We begin again to trust in our hearts and to know in our brains that He is always present. As our trust and faith in Him is again secure, we are reassured that nothing compares to or is better than our life in Christ.
In the trial and certainly in everyday life, living with Jesus as the center of our lives is how God calls us to truly live. Life is simply better then. Any life without Christ is simply less. Even when challenges come along and when temptation rises up, we move forward more confidently knowing Jesus is with us and on our side.
Paul speaks of all the credentials he had accumulated in life. But that was BC. All the accolades were achievements in the human realm. Once he came to know Christ, he called them all rubbish. Paul came to know his identity and the true source of strength in his life came from Christ alone. The value of knowing the resurrected Christ far outweighed all earthly gains.
The same is true for us. God calls us heavenward towards the same goal Paul was striving for – to be resurrected with Christ. In our day to day life, in the good days and in the bad, we always must keep our eyes fixed on the goal: our call to our eternal home, found as we journey with Christ. We are truly blessed in this life and in the next as we journey daily with Christ, trusting in Him alone.