“… I still estimate all things as loss due to the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost everything, and consider it garbage, to win Christ”.Philippians : 3:8
When it comes to losing, certainly no one likes to lose anything except extra weight. Therefore, as soon as we feel that we are losing something, feelings of sadness, helplessness, and pain invade us. And many times, recovering from that feeling of loss can take, depending on the situation we are facing, some time.
I admire the Apostle Paul, when he wrote in Philippians 3: 8 – “… I still estimate all things as loss due to the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost everything, and consider it garbage, to win Christ. In the same way he expressed on another occasion that he had learned to be content with the little and the much.
Obviously, all things are going to have value according to the place they occupy in our lives and most of the time, things, even people, occupy the wrong place in our lives. How many times have we said: “For me, God comes first”? But when it comes to reply to him with those things, still basic, we cannot reply him.
When someone comes first to you, your priority is the things that interest that person. So, we would have to question how much of our agenda is occupied with priorities or things important to God.
The Spirit has been calling to put our thoughts on the things of eternity: “Think of the things of heaven, not of the things of earth” Colossians 3:2. The Spirit that knows everything, sees everything, that knows the times and the future, knows perfectly the times we have to face. And that is why it has been calling our attention to lead us to understand that our human situations have an answer and a solution in their hands. But are we willing to stop looking at ourselves and our own circumstances or conflicts to focus on Him?
His main interest is that in order to face the adversities of this world and the conflicts that we are going to encounter, we are focused on Him. There is no other way. So, what difference does it make to let go of the things of this world that blur us and take us away from God’s perfect plan for our lives? Jesus himself said: For what benefit will a man gain if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Luke 9:24
When it seems like you’re losing, that’s when you’re winning. Don’t you know that God gives His everything for your everything? Because when it comes to giving, nobody can beat Him.
Paul had excellent reasons to feel that he was doing everything right, yet his life was not in line with God’s plan for his life. So, he took it all for rubbish, in order to please God and give him his life. Is your life in line with God’s plan? If not, are you willing to let go of what’s holding you back? Can you leave it behind and make it your content to win Yeshua and his plan for you? Yeshua’s profit is the greatest thing you can have.
The invitation is for everyone, but few respond. Which of them are you?
God’s grace on your life today.