For we . . .glory and pride ourselves in Jesus Christ, and put no confidence or dependence [on what we are] in the flesh and on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearances.
—Philippians 3:3

Today’s scripture destroys any reason to believe we can put confidence in anything we can do or have done. It clearly tells us that our confidence cannot be in “the flesh,” but instead must be “in Christ Jesus.”

It is freeing to finally see that our worth and value are not based on what we do, but on who we are in Christ. God has assigned value to us by allowing Jesus to die for us. By that very act, God the Father is saying to each one of us, “You are very valuable to Me, and I will pay any price to see that you have the good life I originally intended for you.”

Once we recognize who we are in Christ, then and only then can we effectively begin to pray about the things we do for Him, but He wants us to do them in response to what He has done for us and in us. He wants our good works to flow out of our love for Him, not out of a sense of mere duty or obligation.

Meditate on what God has done for you in Christ and the value He has placed on you by sending His Son to die for you. It will help you fall more deeply in love with Him daily and enable you to serve Him from a position of love rather than duty or obligation.

Love Yourself Today: Confess that God loves you and you are valuable. Appreciate what God has done for you, and serve Him because you love and adore Him.