A couple of days ago, I wrote about the virtues of being raised in a family that had standards and behavioral expectations. They insisted on us following the rules and regulations in the household. and if you got too grown or thought your were grown enough to disobey their commands, they used the rod of correction to bring your back to your senses, because apparently, you lost them if you through your were going to blatantly disobey and do your own thing. My parents raised us to be "good children."
Some people believe that being born in the right family, with the right pedigree, prestige, status, etc., will guarantee that you children will turn out to be "Good." But no, I tend to disagree with that. We have the Bible that contradicts that thought or idea. All we have to do is look at Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, David and his son, Absalom, Joseph and his brothers, Jesus and his twelve disciples, one of which was a devil!!!
We can look at our society. Children of the rich and famous do not always come out smelling like a rose. Look at families like the Melendez, these two sons killed their parents. Look at the children of some of the royal families and the Hollywood stars. Some of these prodigals commit suicide, murder, or have hurt themselves and other people. Look at Whitney Houston and her daughter Bobbie Christina.
The Apostle Paul, was a devout first century Jew. He was well trained, educated, spoke several languages and followed the letter of the moral law in his culture. He was born into the "right family, had the "right education, and practiced the "right" religion. He was the real deal Holyfield, in terms of being a good person according to the Jewish custom. But in Philippians chapter three, Paul sets the reader and the believers at Phillip straight.
In Philippians 3:4 he says: "Yet I could have confidence in myself if anyone could. If others have reason for confidence in their own efforts." Paul tells about his upbringing and his pedigree. I told you he was born into the right family. He says that: "At one time, he thought those things were important. In verse 7-9 he tells a different story!
"I count them worthless because of what Christ has done. In verse 8 he continues: "Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else counting it as garbage , so that I may have Christ and become one with him."
We must all come t the revelation that: "None of us are good! there dwelleth no good thing in us, not in our flesh. Jeremiah told us, "The heart is deceitfully wicked above all, who can know it but God."
So let us put on bowels of mercy, let us show forth our salvation by fully trusting and believing in God. Let us show forth our faith by doing good works. Let us only boast in the goodness of the Lord. Paul knew that he could only boast in the Lord and in all of His goodness. But as good as he was, Paul told his readers and us that there is something more than being good. He knew that being good, while good, was not the same as pleasing God.
Pleasing God, Paul writes in verses 7 and 8, involves knowing Jesus. Paul considered his own goodness as "garbage" when compared to "the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus." We are good, and we desire to please God-when our hope and faith are in Christ alone, not wrapped up in our own perception of how good we think we are. Pause and think about that: Selah.
and remember, "Call no one Father or Good, but God."
HAVE A BLESSED DAY, AND DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS!