Philippians 3:1-11 —

Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is not troublesome to me, and for you it is a safeguard.  Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh!  For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh–even though I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh.

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more:  circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.  More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.  I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

 

from Aaron Watkins, First Christian Church, Bluefield

One night a thief broke into a department store but instead of stealing things off the shelves, he chose to switch the price tags on every item. He took the price tags off of big screen TVs and put them on ceramic mugs. He replaced price tags of leather jackets with those from towels, When morning came, mass confusion began soon after the store’s opening. People were paying 2 dollars for leather jackets and 2,000 dollars for ceramic mugs.   The value of things is very important to us is it not? What about when it comes to our faith lives? Doesn’t Jesus want the very best for us? With that in mind He wants to give us Himself. There is a great value in knowing Jesus Christ.  This Advent Season let us get to know Christ just a little bit more.

Help us to recognize the priceless treasure you bring, O Lord!

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