I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…(Philippians 3:8a)
I’ve read that verse before. I’ve always responded with both an intellectual and a heartfelt agreement that yes, nothing trumps Jesus. I agree, there’s no greater knowledge than a knowledge of Christ. There’s no master I’d rather have than Jesus, there’s no greater treasure that I’d choose over Jesus. But today, it’s getting personal.
Lately God is challenging me to be sure that I’m living what I believe. What is the “value” I place on knowing Jesus my Lord? I know Him as my Savior, I know I’ve been redeemed, I know He’s my Lord, I know a lot about His teachings, though let me swiftly say that I still have much to learn. Nothing but nothing is of more importance or of greater worth than Him. I believe in my heart I would die for Him, the One who died for me.
But in real time, in day to day living, He’s been getting some competition lately. Can you relate, friend? I would never say that work, or emails, or errands are more important than Jesus – never! But today God is challenging me, Are you willing to put all of these things aside, even if it means “loss,” so that you could know me better today? In the same way, I would never think that my children’s baseball practices or even homework should take precedence over time spent together as a family to read God’s Word and pray, but God is making me consider, What gets done first in my home?
There’s no story, no pithy phrase to share today, just a question: What are you willing to lose in order to gain a deeper knowledge of Jesus today?
…(I) count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8b)