It’s somewhat logical for us to think that we have to earn our way to God.
It’s makes sense before a person begins to walk with Jesus Christ as their Savior. After all, since we have sinned so badly, it seems like we should have to pay some price to earn our way to God.
Even after we begin a relationship with Christ we can fall into the tendency of thinking we have to earn our keep to stay with God.
But neither of the above is accurate or true.
The passage below from Philippians 3 reminds us of this:
For we are the real circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh. – Philippians 3:3 (ESV)
“The real circumcision” here refers to the universal Church, to all followers of Jesus Christ. As Paul reminds us in Romans 2:29, you don’t become a Christian by some outward act, but by having your heart changed.
And someone who has had their heart changed will do these three things:
1) “…worship by the Spirit of God…” – As Jesus tells us, “those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24 ESV) There is no other way to worship Him. It’s not something we can work up on our own, but comes through God, for God.
2) “…glory in Christ Jesus…” – Colossians 3:4 begins this way: “When Christ who is your life appears…” This is what is means to “glory in Christ.” It means that Christ is your life.
3) “…put no confidence in the flesh…” – Those that “worship by the Spirit” and “glory in Christ” should already have a changed perspective. But as a reminder, Paul tells us that Christians “put no confidence in the flesh.” We are told in Isaiah 64:6, “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.” That’s right. To God, our best is like filthy rags, even as His children.
So today, let’s “worship by the Spirit” as we “glory in Christ” and all the while “put no confidence in the flesh.”