I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. Philippians 3:8
“Paul warned the Philippians…Some were putting their confidence in religious performance or cultural conformity, and Paul told them he had more reason to boast of sch things… Only Jesus loves us as we are, rescues us, and gives us the power to become like him.” Glenn Packiam
Everyone of us has created our own scorecards to determine the value of our life. This is not some profound truth, but easily seen when you look back on your life. It is because when we look back, we ask these value ladened questions. Was I a good kid? Did I do what I was suppose to do? Then upon asking these questions, we are forced to answer them.
Most of us are programmed to answer these questions in a positive light. No one wants to look back on their life and write a narrative that calls ourselves worthless or useless. Instead we try and justify our lives talking about why we are worthy or valuable to ourselves, families and friends.
The problem with this method is that it is completely subjective. We create the scoreboard that best suits us in determining the value in a way where we can run up the score card.
- “Well, maybe I wasn’t honest, but I was a hard worker.”
- “I was always honest, even though it came across as rude at times”
- “I was always generous even though I didn’t always listen to my parents”
Each of these examples shows a value system that each one created that highlights their strengths and minimizes their weaknesses or downfalls. The problem with subjective scorecards or measurements is that we’re not being honest with ourselves and anything we deem ‘worthy’ may just be giving a false sense of justification or value.
We must not turn a blind eye to the reality of our lives. We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses, downfalls, failures, brokenness and even sins. How do we justify the brokenness and maliciousness in our own lives without trying to justify it through our own subjective reasoning?
The answer: We must deny our subjective reasonings and take up an objective one. We must realize there is nothing in and of ourselves that can make up for the wrong in our lives. There is something profound about recognizing the damage in our lives. In light of that damage, we must turn to one who promises to fix us: Jesus Christ.
The bible says the punishment for sin is death. Therefore, death must be dealt out to pay for sin. Jesus did just that. He went to the cross to die on our behalf so we might not suffer death. His death is justification for our sin. That is an objective measure laid out by the bible and an objective solution given to us by God. We can have confidence in that!
Prayer of the day: “Dear Jesus, thank You for Your love for me. I set aside the scorecards of self-justification. Those are misguided grounds of confidence.
Parkland Community Church:
We Exist to Develop People Who Love Jesus and Serve Others.
William ConLead Pastor
William has been the Lead Pastor of
Parkland Community Church since Nov. 2018