Philippians 3:7-14 reads as follows:
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
The Holy Spirit helps us to become more like Christ and, upon receiving Him, we must turn away from the things we’re convicted about in our lives. There are personal convictions and there are biblical convictions and we must understand the difference. Biblical conviction are clear and shareable changes that must be made with God’s help. Personal convictions are those that you need to accept and change and not try to apply on others. Jesus is working on us as His pace and as His perfect will desires. I have seen some that mature quickly and some that seem to struggle to realize God desires change.
Why is this important you may ask?
Many of us fail to consider eternity as we should. God wants all to be saved, but even after salvation, we can still turn away from His perfect will. We can fail to allow Christ to mold us into who He desires us to be. Doing this can hurt us and slow our Christian development through those missed opportunities. It can also delay blessings for others that could’ve seen Christ working through us. In my opinion, showing someone the Savior Jesus Christ is the only reason we saved are still walking this earth. Our eternal home is in Heaven and the desire is for others to join us there.
So choose to look to Christ today, no matter what the world may think. People mocked Christ too. People persecuted Him as well. It’s for this reason that we shouldn’t be surprised if/when people give us a hard time for our faith. For Christ’s love within us. For our need to spread God’s message. God is good and to walk in His will is the perfect place to be. This is true even if/when it doesn’t feel like it at times. As our pastor has said many times, that’s when you faith it. God bless!