Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:7-11
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:7,8)
Paul learned that he could not put confidence in his family heritage or religion (vs 4-6). He came to the place of brokenness. None of the things he had trusted in to give him value worked. Paul realized the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ. Nothing else mattered to him after he discovered the wonder of having a relationship with his Savior. In fact, he considered all things he had been trusting in to be rubbish.
There is nothing greater than knowing Jesus Christ. I do not mean knowing about Jesus Christ; I mean knowing Him on a personal and intimate level. Many know something about Jesus, but they do not have a personal relationship with Him. The only way to get to know a person is to spend time with him or her so that you can really know the person. There has to be communication between the two that involves being open and honest. The same is true with our relationship with Jesus. We need to spend time reading His Word and meditating upon it. Jesus reveals Himself to us through the Scriptures. Read the gospels and get to know Him better.
We get to know Jesus when we communicate with Him through prayer. He reveals Himself to us in the Scriptures. When we get to know Him, we can talk to Him and tell Him how much we love Him. He wants us to be honest with Him and cast all our cares upon Him. He is there for us and He will never leave us.
Paul said that he considered everything a loss compared to “the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” When we enter into a growing relationship with Jesus, we will find that our priorities and the things we value most will change. We will find incredible joy and peace when we spend time with Jesus and we will come to realize that we are significant to Him. He died for us! As we get to know Him better and better, we will delight in serving and obeying Him. Nothing matters more than gaining Christ, for in the end that is all that matters.
Lord Jesus, how grateful I am that you have revealed Yourself to me. I know that I am never alone for You are always with me. You love me and want Your best for me. I want to know you better and better. I want to spend time with You and seek to grow in my walk with you. I want to consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing You. I confess that I still put other things before You. I have my idols and often want them more than I want You. Please forgive me and draw me closer and closer to Yourself. Enable me to count all the things I cherish so much as loss compared to having a deep and intimate relationship with You.
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