Let’s continue the journey through Philippians together!
Philippians 3:8 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”
Can I just say that Paul is putting all of our faith to shame. Well, speaking on behalf of myself at least. I mean he is capital S Suffering right now in prison. When Paul writes these words he is not exaggerating the situation, he really has lost everything in order to stand behind his faith in Jesus. That just amazes me. I am literally afraid to identify myself as a Christian sometimes for fear of being judged or criticized by those around me let alone “suffer the loss of all things”, I can’t even imagine. Philippians is an incredibly rich book in the bible in terms of applicable verses, which has made it hard to choose a single verse each week. Paul’s words cut right to the gut and bring a deep level of conviction to my soul.
I chose this verse as a challenge as well as an inspiration. I am challenged to stand behind my faith with boldness and a willingness to give my entire life for it because of the hope I have in Jesus. It is an inspiration to me because I am not there yet, I cannot say with confidence that I would follow in Paul’s footsteps if I was in a similar situation as him. In fact, I know I wouldn’t. I would cave to society in order to escape the suffering I was being brought under. I would look out for my own best interest in the moment. My eyes would lose sight of Christ. Thank you Paul for these powerful words this morning, and the reminder that our earthly possessions are “rubbish”, while our true worth is in Christ Jesus. I pray that God would continue to open my eyes to His glory, that I would turn to him rather than the world for acceptance and approval, and that I would not place my worldly values above Him.