Trust in the Lord
Absolute perfection is an ideal. As human beings, we will never reach total perfection. We may get to a point where we think we have reached the pinnacle as human beings, but this will always be partial success. These thoughts could sound negative, but this is important because that insufficiency keeps us waiting with expectation for something new to come every day.
The apostle Paul was certainly aware of that “human incompleteness.” But at the same time he kept himself motivated to “press on toward the goal.” This is exactly the function of faith: it helps us recognize our limitation, but at the same time it motivates us to go forward, to reach new goals and purposes in life and to overcome hardships knowing we have hope of eternity.
Our faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the gospel should move us to be better stewards of creation, relationships, talents, and material possessions. By being good stewards we reaffirm the ultimate end of human beings on earth: to glorify God in everything we do.
—Rev. Eduardo Montoya
- In Philippians 3, why did Paul instruct the Philippians to trust in the Lord more than in their own skills?
- To what extent should you trust in your own abilities in life? How much should you trust in faith alone? How can you balance them both?
- How do you interpret the statement “forgetting what lies behind…” for your life? Does it mean all our past life or just the things which represent a weight in your life?
How Do I Act
- Reflect on this question: Would people need faith if they were able to reach perfection by their own means? Reflect on the definition of what being perfect means to us as Christians and what it tends to mean in the common conversation of our society.
- Make a list of ways in which faith helps you to be a good steward. Think about each thing on your list. List as many specific activities that you can do to show your faith helping you to be a good steward. List to the side of each of these activities your feelings and thoughts about accomplishing some of them.
- Take time to write down any personal goals and consider ways your faith is going to help you accomplish it. Detail the steps that you will take to achieve these goals.