Glory Confusion

Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
Philippians 3:19

Sometimes people have misplaced priorities and glorify the wrong things. The priorities of Christ are completely different from the priorities of most humans. Paul’s own life was an example. He pursued religious performance as his path to success but considers it all as rubbish compared with knowing Christ. Christ is his delight and it is in knowing him that he finds true glory.
This passage serves as a warning to all of us, to continue to diligently seek the Lord in all aspects of our life. Paul refers to people who are seemingly in the company of Christians but are focused on themselves. They pursue their own desires and have inverted consciences, that celebrate what should be rejected.
Whenever we get our priorities off of Jesus (Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus - Philippians 2:5) and instead set our mind on this life only, it leads to a variety of misplaced thoughts and actions.
Instead, we must look to the example of Jesus, the truth of scripture, and the blessing of fellow brothers and sisters to help us hold onto the faith that brings us eternal joy.

O God,
We simply ask your help to set our minds on Christ and what he has accomplished. Help us to live faithfully in line with the character of Christ and to delight in knowing you. May others see the power of Jesus in the humble lives we live for his name’s sake. Amen


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