BCL Grow: Gospel Expectations — Philippians 3:8

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Philippians 3:8 (Gospel)

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Bible Passage

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” — Philippians 3:8


"We need to measure our expectations with the truth. Because sometimes our expectations are simply wrong. Sometimes they are founded on truth but are exaggerated. Oftentimes, our expectations fail to account for the fall and its effect on our life. And above all, our expectations minimize the power of the gospel in our lives.” — Christina Fox, Sufficient Hope: Gospel Meditations and Prayers for Moms, p. 42.

Steps to Take

1. Consider: If we try hard to please God, should we expect to have a more prosperous life here on earth? What are you expecting from Jesus? Is there something you want him to do for you or in your life?

2. Know: It’s easy to find preachers and teachers nowadays who promise many material and physical blessings to those who follow Christ, but our Lord told us that we would have tribulation in this world (John 16:33). We must always be careful to read Scripture in its proper context and not take assume that God’s blessings (and curses) apply in the same way to believers today as they did in Old Testament times. Christians are under the new covenant, as the old covenant (Mosaic covenant) is no longer active today because Jesus fulfilled all its conditions on behalf of every believer (Rom. 10:4).

3. Rest: Both believers and unbelievers experience sorrows and joys in this fallen world. Christians also face persecution for their faith, which can make life much harder for God’s people. We need to remember Jesus’ comforting words when facing any of life’s struggles:

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Believers can and should always rejoice in the Lord regardless of life’s trials because these sufferings do not have the last say. God does, and his plan for his children is glorious.