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The Place to be Found


Philippians 3:1-11

Verse 9 …and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.


We finished our time together yesterday with the thought that when we choose to see the things of this world as garbage, we gain Christ for eternity. We continue that thought today as we go deeper into what that means. Today we will focus on the phrase, “be found in Him.”


The word ‘found’ leads us to the fact that we were lost. Maybe not physically but definitely spiritually. It isn’t hard in this life to find ourselves bound up in the garbage of the world. We so easily get entangled into the things this world offers. Some days it is harder to decide what is good and what is a sin. The little things that are sinful in this world can creep in without us noticing if we aren’t on alert and paying close attention to the various ways that things creep in.


How often are we watching TV, social media, movies and such when a scene comes on or a word that is used that should cause us to cringe and yet we don’t even change the channel or scroll on. We allow ourselves to become so desensitized to sinful things that we don’t see the ways it sneaks in and contaminates our thinking and sometimes even our actions.


When we are found in Christ, we are seeing things as He sees them. We won’t look so lightly at sin because we know how He sees it and thinks about it. This is why we need to see the things of the world as garbage. If the things of this world aren’t viewed as repulsive to us we can never be found in Christ because we don’t hate the things that He hates.


Being found in Him is more about our thinking as He would think about things than it is about our doing things to look like Him. Being found in Him speaks about our proximity to Him. We can’t be found in a place if we are far from that place. Judas knew to find Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane because that is where Jesus spent time. May we be able to be found in Christ because they know that is who we spend our time with.


Making It Personal

Do you spend enough time with Jesus that you could be found in His presence? How does your life look when you have spent time with Jesus? When are you going to make time to spend with Him today?


Making It Personal Kids

Do you have a favorite place to hide when you play hide and seek? Do your siblings and friends know that is where you can be found? Can people find you spending time with Jesus?


Closing Prayer

Father, we want to be found in You. Give us an ever-growing desire to be found in You. You alone are worthy of our time. May all our life point to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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