Philippians 3:7-16 (NRSV)

7 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.

8 More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, a the righteousness from God based on faith.

10 I want to know Christ b and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 

11 if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; c but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

13 Beloved, d I do not consider that I have made it my own; e but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 

14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly f call of God in Christ Jesus.

15 Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you.

16 Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.

Philippians 3:10-11 (NRSV)

10 I want to know Christ a and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death,

11 if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

DEVOTION – Mary NG (Signapore)

I was enjoying my breakfast at the park when I observed a couple training their son to kick a ball between two cones.  At first the child could not kick the ball between the cones many times in a row, but he never gave up until he finally could do so consistently.

Similarly, Paul’s letter to the Philippians, chapter 3, reveals a heart that never gives up.  From Paul’s relationship with Jesus came the fruit of his fervor.  And because of this fervor, Paul was able to guide others to faith in God.

If our goal is merely serving the Lord, we may burn out soon.  But if our goal is like Paul’s, that is to know Christ, we will find that Christ is our true source of strength – enabling us to make him known to others.

I never want to give up in my efforts to joyfully serve and know Christ, the source of my strength.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: To know Christ is to joyfully serve each day.

PRAYER: Dear God, we want to know you more fully.  In your strength may we give up but serve you joyfully.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO ARE SPIRITUALLY WEARY

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