Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. …But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us, He is now the thing that matters to me, not the world!
We owe the Lord Jesus more than we could ever repay Him; yet, He doesn’t come to us demanding payment. His death on the cross for us was a gift to you from the heart of God. It reflects the depth of His love for you!
But while the Lord does not demand repayment from us, our experience of His self-sacrificing love for us, His willingness to face the unthinkable separation from God the Father for us, His humiliation and shame on our behalf — our experience of that changes us.
We’re now loved people, and that unshakable fact is the foundation of our lives. What it means to us is that He’s now the center of our lives. Making “a good showing in the flesh” doesn’t mean to us as much as it used to. Now we’re willing to lay other things aside in order to be pleasing to Him.