In Philippians 3, Paul talks about how we cannot rely on our own human strength to accomplish the work of Salvation. He spends verses 4-6 listing all the things he had accomplished, before saying that he counts them all as a loss for the sake of Christ in verse 7.
So many of us have this innate drive to accomplish something, and be recognized for it. We may not tell ourselves that’s what we’re doing, but we’re always chasing the better job, bigger house, or nicer car. Many of us transition that way of thinking into our faith as well. We accomplish things for the kingdom, but our motivation becomes one of a spiritual self-accomplishment.
Why do we do things for the kingdom? Not because they make us look good, but because God has asked us to take part in His mission with him. Paul wraps up his thought by saying this: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)
Press on, brothers and sisters!