Philippians 3:7-8 (ESV)
7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 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
While today most of us don’t feel self-righteous because of our religious observances like Paul did when he refers to his “credentials” in the flesh, if we’re honest with ourselves it is pretty easy for us to give ourselves credit for being pretty good people. After all, perhaps we don’t look like our non-Christian co-workers or friends who swear constantly, gossip without restraint, and think nothing of drinking too much or sleeping around. We go to church, we read our Bibles, we teach our children that Jesus loves them. Or maybe we don’t think about those things even so much but simply define ourselves by our success at work, how well our children play sports or do in school or how cute they are, how nice our house is, how much money we make or how many things we volunteer for in the community or the church.
But Paul says “whatever was to my profit I consider loss” – and that includes all those things just mentioned – work, home, family, health. All those things should be insignificant in comparison with the awe of comprehending – truly comprehending and not just saying it – the incredible righteousness and holiness that comes from Christ’s death and resurrection. Because no matter how many promotions we get or how much we serve or how wonderful our families are, those “good” things are simply nothing compared to the goodness that comes from having every speck of sinfulness and evil removed from us by God.
So as you go through the day, try to remember to put all those things that you look to for worth in perspective – how small those things are relative to being accepted as God’s child through knowing Jesus.
Lord, help me to appreciate the incredible, enormous greatness of knowing Jesus and of the true righteousness that comes from God and not from my own actions. Help me put all the things that seem so important in life into perspective and not see them for more than what they are, but rather help me put my all into serving and honoring you and having an eternal perspective.
By: Julien and Lisa Bradley