“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame- who set their mind on earthly things.” Philippians 3:18-19
Ever wonder who Paul is talking about being “an enemy of the cross of Christ”? If you’re like me, you may have assumed “well of course, those are the unbelievers”…. well yes, but in our study Kay appears to be cautioning us that it could be anyone -you or me!
“The enemies of the cross are people who claim to be Christians, but dont live up to Christ’s model of servant-hood and sacrifice.” (Philippians, Kay Smith page 120).
Today’s society imposes on us the need to have more, buy more, be more, live in more expensive homes, purchase more cars, make more money in a career, … more, More, MORE! Surrounded by it in the media, magazines, news and billboards: we find ourselves having more shinny trinkets and worldly treasures, at the expense of our own spiritual well being, without even knowing it. The result? Having less time for the important things – spending time with Christ and serving Him as He deserves.
This could be settling for Christianity as a religion, instead of actively living in a relationship with God. Essentially those who give into the temptations of the world, ultimately settle for less… and very easily become enemies of the cross of Christ…
Where do you stand?
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up His cross daily and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what advantage is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?” – Jesus (Luke 9:23-25)