WHAT'S UP REAL MEN!!!
2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for 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; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order 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 comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
In a world that is constantly pushing stuff on us, and that stuff, they are constantly pushing, is constantly changing. Fads change and styles change, and so it’s this revolving door that tries to keep us moving in a circular motion and it is really easy for us to start striving and living for that stuff getting caught in that perverbel revolving door. We as American men are inundated with materialism, always being pulled and prodded to keep up with the Jones’, to one up one another. And because that is the culture we live in, it's so easy to start feeling validated because of the stuff we have, which in return solidifies our so called “status”, or we feel unvalidated because of lack of stuff and that in return diminishes our “status”. Too often I hear people talking about what they have done and what they have, wearing it as a badge of honor, as if those things speak to the person they are, when in reality who we are as men only depends on the One we know.
Paul in this portion of scripture realizes this and says, I had everything, I had the stuff that this culture would consider as great. I had all the status a man could ever wish for, but now at this point in my life, I realize none of that stuff means, (as my grandma would say) a hill of beans. Matter of fact Paul says, I find great pleasure in laying all that stuff down, calling my status rubbish, for the sake of knowing Jesus better. And see the Apostle Paul didn't just talk about it, he was about it! He gave up everything he had ever worked for inorder to know Jesus, because Jesus is the prize! To have nice things in and of itself is not bad. If we work hard and because of our hard work we are rewarded with stuff that this culture deems as great is fine, but where it becomes an issue is if the stuff and the status becomes more important to us than knowing Jesus. That is when those things are a huge problem. When we can’t find the time to spend with Jesus because we are spending our time building our “status” then we are like the rich young ruler, who Jesus told to get rid of his stuff and come follow Him, but he chose his stuff over knowing Jesus. Jesus tells his disciples that it’s impossible for a man who loves his status and stuff to get into the kingdom of heaven. But see with God all things are possible, because God can change a man’s wants and desires. Jesus also says what would it profit a man to gain the whole world but forfeit his soul.
Men, today realize that Jesus is our prize! He has to be our everything. Stuff and status can’t fulfill us, only Jesus can satisfy us. So today live in a way, talk in a way, walk in a way that says He is my prize!!!