Lately I’ve been reading about the apostle Paul. Something that I have been so struck by is how unattached he is to the things of this world and how much he is attached to his identity as a servant of Christ. In Philippians 3:7-8, Paul says that he considers everything a loss, rubbish, compared to knowing Christ. All of his accomplishments, his good works, even his freedom at times, he has given up for the sake of the Gospel. He has become the “biggest loser” according to the world so that others might come to know Christ and receive salvation. It’s convicting, really. As I go through all of our stuff and pack our boxes, deciding what to keep and what to leave behind, I am reminded of just how little it matters in light of the privilege we have to know Jesus Christ and to be counted as his child and to make Him known. I love how Paul says at the end of Philippians 4 that he has learned the secret of being content in any situation whether he has plenty or he is in want. Whether he has a lot or a little, the secret is being found in Christ and relying on His strength. To know Christ so deeply that He is our strength and our portion and everything else just pales in comparison. I want to be the “biggest loser” for Christ like Paul. I want to be so caught up in knowing God and sharing the Gospel that all of the changing circumstances of this life just become inconsequential.
– Bianca :0)
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” – Philippians 3:10-11