Paul said he had “no confidence in the flesh” and yet we’re always hearing someone telling us to try harder or do better. Maybe we should look a little closer at what the Apostle Paul told us in Philippians 3. He said, “What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.” Everything he counted on suddenly was of little importance after receiving the revelation of Christ in him.
As far as the world evaluates things Paul was the man. He was of the right heritage, the right education, the right religion etc. He too thought he was something until he met the risen Jesus Christ. His world was turned upside down that day. I’m sure all of what he thought he understood about the Law and Prophets was shaken. He went into the desert for a few years and had a little one on one time with God, and it seems he came away from that experience with a completely new perspective.
Before the incident on the road to Damascus Paul thought he was doing God’s will by persecuting the followers of Jesus. After his extended meeting with God in the desert he came to the conclusion that Jesus Christ, by way of the Holy Spirit, had actually taken up residence within him. He told the Galatians “But when it pleased God…to reveal his Son in me…” God had shown Paul that the will of God was actually to have his Son living inside his believers. Once Paul was enlightened to this his life’s mission became to help others to see it. Later in chapter four of Galatians Paul said, “I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.” He wanted so badly for them to come to the understanding God had given him which is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Once Christ is revealed in you you will long for others to catch on too. The peace, love, joy and rest we are promised are really attributes of Christ himself, and it is only after we come to know he truly lives in us that we will begin to tap into these things. The gifts of God are not so many things that he is dishing out to us one at a time rather they all come with Jesus Christ. If we have him we have all the fruit of the Spirit because he can’t separate himself from his character, but he can live his character out through our lives. How about you? Where does your confidence lie?