What’s It Worth to You
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
We mentioned yesterday that Paul considered all that he had worked for before coming to Christ as a loss. But he didn’t stop there.
There is a thought in the realm of modern Christianity that when a person comes to Christ they gain anything that they want. They believe that God desires His people to have the best of everything here on earth. One of the problems with this belief system is that when people desire all these things on earth their focus becomes earthbound.
By focusing on the things that this world offers we miss the one thing that matters the most, Christ. We tend to focus on what we think is treasure. It takes over our thinking as we find ourselves thinking about it frequently. We may rearrange our lives to try to achieve it or gain it. We find our worth in the things we own or in the things that we are seeking after. When those things are things of the world, we will find ourselves turning our back on Christ.
We can’t have divided attention between Christ and the things of this world. When we mess up this point, we find ourselves living for ourselves instead of living for Jesus. It isn’t that God doesn’t want us to be well provided for. He loves us and therefore will care for our every need. Notice we didn’t say every want.
Our wants only speak of the desires of our flesh, but when we are focused on Christ instead of our earthly desires, we will be desiring what He wants. For that to happen we have to see things from His point of view instead of ours and surrender to what He wants. Paul shows us in today’s verse the key to considering the things of this world as nothing is to see Jesus as everything.
Knowing Christ should surpass anything this world has to offer us. Paul knew this from experience and so understood the struggle but also the blessing that is ours when we seek Christ first.
Making It Personal
What is Jesus worth to you? Do you seek things more than you seek Him? What things in your life show that you are pursuing a deeper relationship with Him?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to value Jesus? Do you value Jesus more than your favorite toys or games? Do you spend more time learning about Jesus or playing?
Father, forgive us the times we have sought the things of this world more than we have sought to know You. Give us a hunger for Your Word and time with You that never ceases. In Jesus’ name, amen.