How do we grow in the Lord and become the kind of Christian we'd like to become?
Philippians 3:7-17 gives us the answer:
1. Define "Rubbish" (3:7-11)
We have to see worldly values for what they are and desire eternal treasures more than earthly ones.
2. Be Realistic and Humble (3:12-13)
We all have sins we need to overcome, and the first step in overcoming them is admitting we need to change.
3. Leave the Past in the Past (3:13)
We need to leave behind the unwholesome values of our past and we need to genuinely repent of past sins and move forward.
4. Press On (3:14)
We need to be motivated, serious, and deliberate.
5. Follow Godly Examples (3:17)
One purpose of Christian community is accountability and example. We aren't meant to walk alone.
"I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [so] I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." (Philippians 3:8,12)