I love that word. I first learned it from Philippians 3 long before I traveled to England. Then, after making many friends overseas I learned its commonplace usage. Rubbish is garbage. That which is only fit to be thrown out–completely worthless. For Jesus and Paul, the most fitting human activities to be called rubbish are fear and unbelief. Any activity that does not have faith as its foundation is rubbish.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith… ” Philippians 3:7-9
“O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat? ’ or ‘What shall we drink? ’ or ‘What shall we wear? ’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:30-33
Perhaps our most natural reactions to life’s circumstances are fear and unbelief. So much so that we have created and entitlement to hold on to them as if they are more real than faith. People who walk in faith and make decisions by faith and who trust the Father like a child are perceived as childish, naive, immature, and shallow. And yet, in the above passages alone we see that faith is the currency of the Kingdom. Faith is the first reaction and the last for the believer. Trusting Jesus at his word with every breath we take and not tolerating a single lie of unbelief is our existence. The primary rebuke his disciples received from Jesus again and again was “Why are you afraid you of little faith?”
Today I want to take out the rubbish and leave fear and unbelief behind. I am no longer a slave to fear–I am a child of God.