Passage: 

Philippians 3:8-9a (ESV)

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.


 

Thought/Application: 

Having the glitz and the glamour today in modern America can drive us to self-satisfaction and selfish ambitions. The wrong focus can easily push us to seek after things that are temporary rather than experiencing a close relationship with Christ.


 

After Paul's encounter on the road to Damascus, His focus shifted and we can see his passions shift also. No longer does he persecute believers in Christ, but joins them and calls it a true and worthy cause. He calls everything he once was striving for rubbish and encourages the Philippians to join in with him in giving up those things that are holding their hearts. As Paul is penning these word from a prison cell, he must be reflecting on everything he has given up when he states, "my friends, it is so worth giving up everything I once held dear in order to know Christ more personally."

 

As we walk through today, please join in with Paul and look at your own heart. What is holding you back from having a deep, intimate relationship with Christ? What is the glitz and glamour in your life that is stopping you from knowing Christ and being known by Him? 


 

Prayer: 

Lord, Thank You for Your incredible gift...for grabbing my heart, for pursuing me. Please help me to know You more today and to seek to have a closer relationship with You. Amen.

By: Ben Nyce

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