Surrender: Values Reversed
INTRODUCTION: The challenge of Surrender is to stop and take a serious look within. It's a time of personal examination and practical evaluation. In verses 7 and 8 Paul used the word "count" 3 times. The word means to evaluate or to consider. Paul was reminding the Philippians that the decision he made some thirty years before still had its hold on him. He had not changed his mind. He still counted his previous assets as liabilities.
As Paul looked over his shoulder at his past, he made an honest evaluation. As he looked forward to his future, he charted out some lofty goals. Most of all he set out a strategy that had immediate impact on his lifestyle.
This passage speaks very clearly of a religious man that opened his accounting books to evaluate his spiritual wealth only to discover that apart from a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, through repentance of sin and faith in Christ's finished work on the cross, everything he lived for and possessed was only rubbish.
Everyone keeps records; taxpayers; businesses, personal expenses. God keeps records with man. Man measures themselves by other men while God measures man by His own standard of moral perfection.
Today, I want to lead us to take a look at our spiritual ledgers and check our profit and loss columns, our assets and liabilities.
I often mention that I wish to live with eternity in mind. Why? The Bible teaches that the day is coming when each one of us will stand before Jesus in order to give "a final accounting."
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Jesus is the Faithful Accountant
Like most "religious" people, Paul had enough morality to keep him out of trouble, but not enough righteousness to get him into heaven. It was not the bad things that k ...
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