Wednesday, September 2

Count them but rubbish

If anyone has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I am up there with the best of them:

--licensed to the Gospel Ministry (Jan/84),

--commissioned to missionary service by my local Baptist church (May/86),

--Masters of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (May/86),

--appointed by the Foreign Mission Board (now IMB-SBC) as a missionary (Dec/86),

--ordained to the Gospel Ministry (Sept/94),

--of the nation of the United States of America,

--of the tribe of Muse,being the son of legendary Baptist missionary parents.

--a Texan of Texas (the Mecca of American Christianity);

--as to religion, a Baptist: signer of the BF&M 1963 and 2000

--as to zeal, a missionary; Team Strategy Leader for the Coast and Lowlands of Ecuador

But whatever things were supposedly gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of [many] things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ, and may be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from [my background and upbringing, titles, etc.] but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.
--a personal paraphrase of Philippians 3.


Dan said...

Wow...what a powerful statement! I'm not even close to you in what I have to boast about, but now that I've seen how it looks in modern language, I can see that I REALLY have nothing!

GuyMuse said...


Yeah, it's when you begin to put the Philippians passage into personal language that for me it really comes alive. All our "achievements" are rubbish in light of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord.