If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
What is the passion of your life?
Paul, the Apostle, was a passionate and zealous man, who had every reason to boast. He was intellectually brilliant and had benefited from the best training available in his day. In self-discipline, drive and ambition, he was exemplary. He was the one at whose feet they laid Stephen’s garments when they stoned him. He had achieved respect, high position and great power.
But the day came when he yielded to the lordship of Jesus Christ and clarity suddenly hit him. He realized that all these enviable accomplishments had not led him to the real thing that God was calling him to do with his life.
He finally ended up at this place, where he acknowledged that his education couldn’t satisfy the deepest longings of his soul. He needed something more than prestige and learning and recognition. He didn’t find the satisfaction he craved in being able to say that he was blameless. Being a Hebrew of Hebrews never made him or added anything of eternal significance to his journey.
He had been so passionate about it; so convinced he was right. But his perspective had been incomplete. His confidence in his flesh took him away from the will of God for his life.
Be careful when you think you know and when you are sure you are right. Your perspective isn’t all there is to life.
When you make plans and ask God to bless them, you think, “This is my life and I can do what I want with it” Don’t get to where you simply won’t listen to anyone; where you know you are charging in a certain direction and not stopping to really look at the bigger picture. It may be your life, but if you mess it up it will be unbearable.
Most people want what they don’t have, and when they get it, they don’t want what they’ve got.
With maturity comes clarity. The things you used to be passionate about, when you discovered how ignorant you were, you want to slap yourself.
Check out where your confidence lies. The strength of your natural advantages won’t fulfill you. Yield your strength to the purposes of God and watch what He will do with your life. Like Paul you will go to a place far higher than the one you gave up.