If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 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; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 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 and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:4-11)
When looking for a doctor to treat an illness, you want to make sure they have the right credentials. Knowing this gives you confidence that they know what they are doing. Same thing in searching for a good college, tax preparer, or anything else that impacts your life. Knowing what qualifies them for the job is important.
What about the credentials of a Christian? What do we depend on that tells us we are a Christian, or a “good Christian?” Do we rely on our biblical training, going to church every Sunday, or perhaps going on mission trips? While all these things are good to do, none of them makes us a Christian. It is only the relationship we have in Christ that makes the difference. Do we strive to deepen our relationship with Jesus to “know Christ” or do we depend on our Christian credentials? Christ is the only credential you need.
Prayer: Jesus, I thank you that it is you that makes me a Christian. I pray that our relationship deepens as we journey together through life. I depend on you. Amen
Faith tip: Make a list of the things you feel make you a good Christian. Then strike out each item listed and replaced it with “Christ.”