Philippians 3:7-14

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 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 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 and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a blogger, marketer and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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Emily

about 12 years ago

Thanks! Its been a long day and I was getting stressed. Its unfortunate that many times the last place that occurs to me to go to encouragement is God's word so thanks for posting it!

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sherry

about 12 years ago

what i love about this passage is the example Paul sets of recognizing our imperfections, but not dwelling on them by forgetting the past and pressing on. a gospel of conviction, but not guilt; one of forward movement by proper perspective. the fact that Christ took hold of Paul...that He dramatically called him out of the world, forgave him and empowered him for His purposes.

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