Be found in Jesus. Boast in him. Hope in Christ. You are valued because God loves you. When we understand that our present value and our future hope are in Christ alone, everything becomes nothing compared to knowing Jesus…
3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Whatever confidence you have, put it aside. Whatever status or profile or worldly identity about which you could boast, put it aside. Everything is nothing compared to knowing Jesus. This doesn’t mean you aren’t valued for who you are and that your accomplishments mean nothing. No.
Rather, the point is that in the eternal economy, value is based on how God sees you. You are valued because God loves you. Relationship with God through Jesus is better and more fulfilling than any human or earthly relationship or accomplishment.
This is why Paul, who is described as a Hebrew of Hebrews, considers it all loss in the shadow of the worth of knowing Jesus and being found in him. The contrast of his status and privilege is meaningless when Paul considers how great it is to know Jesus and be in relationship with him.
When we are willing to give up the importance of the things of the world, we are then able to ‘gain Christ and be found in him.’ Remember when Jesus said ‘the one who is willing to give up his life will save it, yet the one who holds on to his life will lose it‘ (Matthew 16:25)? Paul is living out Jesus’ words. Give up yourself and find fulfillment and true meaning in Christ.
As we gain Christ, we also realize that our righteousness is found in him by faith, and our future is held in Jesus’ hope of resurrection. Because he was raised, we can be raised up into heaven. Our hope is secure in the one who died and rose again for us.
Give up self-importance and self-centredness. Give up the pursuit of status and boasting. Be found in Jesus. Boast in him. Hope in Christ.