PAUL’S SURRENDER OF PRIDE

Philippians 3:1 NIV Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

This portion of Paul’s letter to the Philippian church sounds pretty prideful, but we will go beyond this portion of scripture to see how Paul continues. He was writing in a situation where some people were taking pride in their traditions, their heritage, and accomplishments. He begins by showing them his “pedigree” and went on to share how that those things were no longer important to him and should no longer be important to them. Paul now values the changes that Christ has brought and has continued to bring into his life. His new pursuits are the goals that God has set, and they should do the same.

If you’ve ever struggled with pride (and most people who have pride don’t realize it) this should be a real eye opener and heart opener for you.