The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness. -Philippians 3:7-9
The one major regret I have so far in my life stems from one thing: The amount of time I have wasted focused so intently on what others thought of me. Unfortunately, I can identify with those people waiving around their credentials that Paul speaks about in this text. I think I even understand their heart. In part, they are saying, “I have worth, I matter, I am valuable, see this piece of paper proves it!” And it is partially true, some people will give credence based on credentials and paper, but all these things have one major flaw. They are all based on one thing: what OTHER people think of you. A credential is just a piece of paper that says, “We have assessed this person and have found them to be acceptable by us in this particular area.” Do you see the flaw in this? If not, let me make it clear: There is only ONE opinion that should matter to us on this earth – the opinion of God himself. As the Christians song goes, “Lord, how is it between US?” That is what matters.
And that is why I am trying to learn how to live my life for an audience of one!