Identity Theft

“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.” – Philippians 3:7-10

In my personal wrestling with God, the Lord is taking me to a place where I am reminded of my own need for brokenness. I am reminded that there is nothing I bring to the table. I am reminded that I have no personal identity. Paul says here: “for (Christ’s) sake I have lost all things”. The skills, desires, ideas: let them all go away… sift like sand through my fingers. All I have must be Christ, and if I have any thing else then I have Christ plus that. The last verse is a scary prayer, but a personal gut check. The way up is down, all the way to the cross. I must give away everything of me so, somehow, to attain the the resurrection from the dead. Praise God for allowing this redemption plan. How blessed am I to be on this road with Him.

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  1. Ed

    Evening Prayer from May 16th of the Divine Hours:

    The Concluding Prayer of the Church

    Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give me courage to take up my cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †

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