By: Brittany Fiscus
Reflection—v. 8, rubbish
Paul isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. To reiterate his previous point, Paul says again how he’s happy to suffer the loss of all those comfortable things, because he regards them as ‘rubbish.’ The Greek word here is ‘garbage’ or ‘human excrement.’ Paul pretty much says that he no longer ‘gives a crap’ about the things that used to rule his life. His status in society, his identity as a Pharisee, his reputation as a law-abiding Roman citizen, the face he made for himself as a ‘good’ Jew all comes to a heaping load of… well, you get the idea. Paul isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, because he has found something way more important. Paul has dedicated himself to a life lived in Christ. A rebellious, scary, and often uncomfortable life of standing in solidarity with those whom Jesus found valuable. He will go to prison for what Jesus stood for. He will die for what Jesus stood for. Why? Because once he’s let Jesus in, the comfortable ways of this world seem like a load of crap in comparison. So often our society, our churches even, tell us that it’s normal to get caught up in the ways of this world, but according to Paul, ‘that’s a load of crap.’
Prayer Jesus, help us to remember that the way this world works is sometimes rubbish. Help us be unafraid and unashamed to find a new life in you.