It’s easy to forget who we are. We’re often surrounded by people who define themselves by how much stuff they’ve got, how much fun they have, or how good they look.
We’ve got a different identity.
We’re motivated by different priorities.
Paul reminds us of that here: “Only let us hold true to what we have attained” (Philippians 3:16).
A few other translations might help.
“However, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained” (NASB).
“Only let us hold fast . . .” (NRSV).
“Only let us live up to what we have already attained . . .” (TNIV).
I think Paul is saying this:
Remember who you are.
Remember who saved you, and who’s promised to resurrect you.
Don’t let the world pressure you into sinking to their standards.
“Live up to” the saved person you are.
“Hold true” to the standard of righteousness God gave you.
In your devotional time today, ask God to remind you of your identity in Christ.
You’re not an American, or a certain ethnicity, or a gender, or a lower-, middle-, or upper-class citizen.
Not primarily. Those are secondary designations.
You’re a Christian . . . a blood-bought, saved, redeemed, and sanctified child of God in whom his Spirit lives.
Paul’s saying that as Christians we ought to live like the people we are.
There are many reasons why we ought to walk according to God’s standard, but the biggest one is simple: we’re Christians.