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 ChristPhilippians 3:8(HCSB)
I wonder what value you put in certain things – your home, your family, your relationships, your job; your reputation; your achievements; your talents; your education; your safety – your bank balance? Well the apostle Paul considered these things and everything else that life and living has to offer - as worth nothing, by comparison with the surpassing value, joy, wonder, worth and glory of knowing Christ Jesus.
Paul lost or lacked all these things and more besides, for the infinite excellency of knowing Christ Jesus his Lord. In Paul's estimation, knowing the Lord Jesus, in an increasingly intimate and personal way was of far greater value that all that this world could offer – and yet right up until the end of his life, Paul’s passion and greatest desire was to lean more of his Master and Lord – to KNOW Christ.
Before his conversion Paul had all that this world could offer but like Moses before him he refused to be enticed by the benefits and advantages that this life had to offer, recognising that by comparison - knowing Christ’s Jesus was of paramount importance and so for His sake Paul, like Moses - was prepared to suffer the loss of all things and to regard them as utter garbage, in order that he might gain Christ.
Let us take Paul’s example to heart and recognise the immense worth and surpassing value, joy, wonder and glory of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord.
Heavenly Father, I pray that my desire to know Christ may continue to grow and expand until like Paul I am able to consider that the loss of those things that I value and hold dear in life, as rubbish to me, in order that I may gain Christ, in Whose name I plead, AMEN.
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