Philippians 3:8 (NIV)
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…
Philippians 3:8 (MSG)
Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant – dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ…
“But more than that, I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ…” -AMPLIFIED
For the child of God who has stepped out in faith to follow Him, love Him and serve Him, turning back to the old ways of our past should never be an option. Paul tells the Philippians, “But whatever former things were gains to me [as I thought then], these things [once regarded as advancements in merit] I have come to consider as loss [absolutely worthless] for the sake of Christ [and the purpose which He has given my life].” -Philippians 3:7 (AMP) “These things that I once considered valuable, I now consider worthless for Christ.” -Philippians 3:7 (GWT)
Paul insists that we cut our losses, because the privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as Master of our lives is definitively of greater value than anything that we have ever known. “See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” -1 John 3:1 (AMP)
When Jesus comes into our lives our priories in this life should change. No longer should we seek selfish ambitions and desires, but we should be striving to be pleasing to Him. Jesus tells us in Luke that when someone repents there definitely is life changes, “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents [that is, changes his inner self—his old way of thinking, regrets past sins, lives his life in a way that proves repentance; and seeks God’s purpose for his life].” -Luke 15:10 (AMP)
Paul contends, “…everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant – dog dung.” All those things that I once prized and held highly, they are rubbish, garbage, good for nothing. Those things in the light of God are of no significance; in fact He considers them all foolishness. “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” -1 Corinthians 3:18-20 (NIV)
Why does Paul press this point so strongly? He tells us why, “I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.” -Philippians 3:8b-9 (MSG)
Folks, all that glitters is not gold. Be careful lest you be deceived into accepting something as precious and significant when it is nothing but fool’s gold. God desires that each of us “gain” Christ and that we know Him in His fullness. Do not settle for anything less!
Lord, when you walked into my life and touched me with your overwhelming love things definitely changed; I became new in you. As a new creature, the old had gone and the new had come. Help me never to look back, but to continue to strive to know more of you. Help me to be an open willing vessel; ready to be used by you and filled by you. When you walked into my life every changed for the best. Continue to work your good will in my life, dear Lord. Have your way in me today and every day.