Families/Individuals with No Young Children

Families/Individuals with no young children, please follow this devotional by Kristine Denson:


Reading: Philippians 3:1-16


Scripture Focus: Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.”


Throughout this section of scripture Paul discusses this concept of perfection. He confidently states all the reasons “why he could be considered perfect”. Yet, Paul declares unapologetically that for the sake of his ministry in Christ these things have no meaning and sets them aside to boast of Christ. As Paul is writing, the common thread isn’t an identity in his spiritual accomplishments or perfection. It isn’t even how well he lives checking things off the proverbial list. Instead, Paul points back to Christ declaring that his identity lies in the fact that Jesus chose him, made Paul His own, and gave him a new life with new purpose. Paul's mission became about sharing the good news of Christ and leading others to salvation in Jesus. Paul was called to support his co-laborers in the faith and help equip them better in their ministry. 


Paul, knowing that he was saved from a path of eternal death, understood the gravity of his redemption, and was determined to live a fully dedicated life for Christ. Paul speaks constantly about the reality of this path, it wasn’t free of struggle and had many times extremely difficult trials. Paul knew that the “prize” was an eternity with his Savior, so daily he stood {some times with weakness, other times boldly}, he lifted his Saviour above himself and brought honor to his calling.


Questions: Are you living today focused on the checklist or an authentic relationship with Christ? What are you facing today that makes you want to quit?

How can you declare your identity in Christ, silencing the lies of the enemy, pressing in to your Savior Who made you His own?