But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
Paul, more than anyone, had right to boast in his religious resume. He was truly a man who stood tall amongst the religious elite, particularly before he was a Christian. Yet here he makes a stark comparison, all his claim to being a ‘good’ person because of his works now mean nothing in comparison to the thing he now has of ultimate value. Knowing Christ Jesus his Lord. In fact, Paul goes so far as to count all other things that he has achieved in his life to be like ‘garbage’ (the closer translation is ‘dung’, which is actually closer to being a greek swear word…and when translated literally becomes an English swear word as well). He uses such violent language to highlight the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus.
Often in my life, I can find myself focused more on what Jesus does for me, then on the prize, Jesus is in Himself. How often do I allow the things I have achieved and attained in this life surpass the value of knowing Jesus as my Lord. What means more to me, my pursuit of Christ or my pursuit of worldly achievements? Only one of these is eternal and will last forever. Where am I finding my worth, value and standing today? IN my relationship with Christ or my worldly achievements?
Jesus, you are of surpassing value, you are worth more than even the world’s greatest riches. When my heart strays teach it to see you as it’s true and only pursuit. May I know you deeper, richer and more fully as I grow in age and faith. Amen.