Day 19 - Philippians 3:18-20

For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame.
They are focused on earthly things…                             
~Philippians 3:18-19                                                                         

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I am not surprised at the anti-Christian attitude of our culture. 
A little bit of religion is acceptable, and in fact, even applauded, as long as it isn’t taken "too far." Just a nice little religion cubby hole in our lives, displayed each Sunday morning, if nothing else comes up. 

But the message of the cross... the message that says I am a sinner in desperate need of a Savior or my end is eternal self-destruction, is offensive. Its that message to which the world around us reacts... sometimes violently.

Paul says that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Are these the people of the world (the spiritually ignorant), or can even "good church people" live as enemies of the cross?

Paul enumerates what it means to live as an enemy of the cross. 

  • The are headed for destruction. Headed for hell, but in denial of either hell’s existence or their own progress toward it. 
  • Their god is their stomach. Their goal in life is easy-going self-seeking pleasure. 
  • Their glory is in their sins. They are more likely to shrug off or even brag about their sins than repent of them. 
  • They live only for this world. Regardless of their words, their passion is reserved for earthly things and earthly goals. There is little throught for either their own eternal future or that of those around them.

Paul says that God’s people are different, for our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil 3:20). The world around us may live like enemies of the cross, but we live like citizens of a different culture. We live with one eye towards the sky, knowing that Christ is returning. 

Rather than a self-centered, present-focused life, we are called to be radically different - to live a Christ-centered, future focused life!
Because our lives are different, so is our destination... eternal life rather than eternal death.

Therefore, rather than being an enemy of the cross of Christ, I am called to never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  
(Galations 6:14)



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This is the 19th in a series of daily postings on Philippians. You can start at the beginning by clicking here: 
Philippians 1:1