Sunday: 7th April, 2019
Reference text: Philippians 3:8-14
Philippians 3:12 I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.
In the hospital, uniforms are the number one clue to knowing what role any professional undertakes. So in effect, it is assumed that once you wear a particular kind, you should fit in that role. That has been an experience I got familiar with while on a student exchange because expectations and scope of practice differed somewhat from that of those whose uniforms we had put on. Our anthem therefore became: ‘we are not from here, we are on an exchange’.
This approach became important because when others don’t know who you are, they act based on a combination of their own knowledge, biases and prejudices. In that regard, the words of Saint Paul really seeks to address this issue where people are seen in a light which may not be an actual representation of the real situation on the ground.
He writes:’ I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.'(Phil 3:12,13)
Beloved, there are times when you have to remind people of who you are and where you are at in your journey because that reduces the chances of being misunderstood. Paul clearly understood that he still had some distance to cover, therefore, he had to keep reminding others of that reality in case they came to an alternative conclusion. So must we.