From Self-Sufficiency to Surrender - Part 1

Opening Prayer

Father, please open the eyes of my heart to understand as You speak to me today.


Read: Philippians 3:7-8

“But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ”. (Holman Christian Standard Bible [HCSB])



The American Dream. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. Life is what you make of it, so live your life as you please while pursuing personal gain, accumulating things to make your life more comfortable. In our passage today from Philippians, Paul seems to disagree with our “pull ourselves up by our bootstraps” mentality by claiming that, compared to knowing Christ Jesus as his Lord, all material things are considered to be filth, rubbish, of no value at all.

This is an easy thing to read but a much more difficult mentality to live day in and day out. How do we forsake the attitude of being self-sufficient and learn to totally rely on God for our sustenance? We need to have a roof over our heads, food in our pantries, clothes in our closets, and vehicles in the garage, right? These things are not evil in and of themselves, however money has to be earned to pay for them so we work hard to make it all happen (after all, scripture does tell us in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 that “he who does not work shall not eat”, right?). However, somewhere along the way we forget how to trust that God will provide.



Paul uses the word “consider” numerous times in Philippians 3. Today, consider whether you need to think differently about your personal attitude regarding self-sufficiency.


Closing Prayer:

Father, I believe that You are the giver of all good things, and You have promised to care for my needs. Thank you!

Terry Schneider