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Look What I Did

Today’s culture encourages people to call attention to themselves. Social media makes it easy to say, “Look at me. Look what I did. Focus on me.” Combine this trend with our natural instinct to be self-centered and self-promoting, and the result is a frenzy of people doing almost anything to make themselves the center of attention.

In the days and years following the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, people were also hung up on making themselves to be as important as possible. Before the time of Jesus, God had established a requirement for His people to identify themselves through a ritual of circumcision. This was part of what is called the “old covenant,” through which God established His relationship with His people through a system of do’s and don’ts.  Unfortunately, the self-centeredness of people corrupted God’s plan. By the time of Jesus, a strong culture of focusing on works and rule following as the sole sustenance for a relationship with God had been established.

Paul attacks this self-centeredness head on.  He makes it clear that those who would say that salvation requires Jesus plus anything else (such as circumcision) are “dogs ... evildoers ... and mutilators of the flesh”  ( Philippians 3:2).  Paul could have claimed more “accomplishments” than almost anyone else in his time, but instead he goes on to say that anything that he has done is a “loss for the sake of Christ.”

Christ is enough. He is everything we need to be in a right relationship with God, and no amount of works can earn the salvation that He freely gives.

Reflect:

  • Why is focusing on yourself so easy but so dangerous? What can you change today to focus more on Christ working in you instead of focusing on yourself?
  • Do you believe that you have to work for your salvation? What is holding you back from wholly accepting God’s free gift of grace, mercy and love?

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