Standing in the Garbage Pit
Verse 8 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
Now that we have focused on the surpassing worth of knowing Christ, we turn slightly to see this from a different light.
We talked about how we are to consider everything as less worthy because of Christ’s supreme worthiness but how is that different from the last half of this verse? The first half of the verse seems to imply that Paul had made the choice to consider everything as a loss because of knowing Christ but then he doesn’t even take a breath before saying that it is for Christ’s sake that he has lost all things. Paul isn’t confused, he is just adding to his point.
The key phrases in this verse are, “I consider” and “for whose sake.” The difference between these two are subtle but one seems to have a negative implications and one is showing an obvious sense of full surrender. Saying, “I consider” says that it was a choice that we made but mainly because we felt obligated to do so. We often fit this mindset as we know we should see the things in life as insignificant because of our knowledge of His superiority but God doesn’t want obligation.
God wants us to choose to value Him more than the things of this world but Paul understood the need to push past to the point of saying we do it for His sake. The difference is that one is chosen because we know we should and the other is because we want to. When we choose Him over the things of this world we are doing well but how much better when we are forsaking the things that our flesh desires and making Him our One desire.
Considering everything as loss to focus on His fullness is fine and good but there can be so much more when we come to the place in our heart and say because of Him, for His sake, I see everything that this world has to offer as trash. When this is our mindset it shows that we are not doing it for personal gain in this life but for a gaining of Christ for eternity. It isn’t about becoming richer in the things that the world glories in but in the Creator Himself.
Making It Personal
Do you find yourself able to call the things of this earth garbage? Do you feel obligated to do things for Christ or do you do them out of love for the Master? What piece of earthly things do have that you aren’t ready to call trash when compared with Jesus?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you obey because you have to or because you love Jesus so much you can’t help but obey Him? Is there anything that you don’t like obeying about? What are you going to do today to help you want to obey Jesus better?
Father, we thank You for being so much more than we can fathom. Give us a desire to know You more than anyone or anything else. In Jesus’ name.