Surpassing Worth

June 5th, 2018

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. Philippians 3:8 (ESV)

Have you ever spent time with a toddler who wants to play with every toy he owns at one time until he realizes his mom walked into the room? He barely notices that he's dropped everything that mattered to him because he's reaching for her instead. Paul is explaining the same kind of relationship in Philippians 3. He lists the accomplishments and characteristics he identified with before he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. The list would have been just as exhaustive and impressive to his original readers as it is today, yet he ends it by saying, "But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ."

When knowing Jesus is our greatest value, we can evaluate every circumstance from an eternal standpoint instead of our limited human perspective. Loss becomes a means of worship and success becomes an opportunity for sacrifice as we as seek opportunities to gain Christ in our hearts and lives. The famous missionary martyr Jim Elliot described it like this: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." May the God of the resurrection display his surpassing worth in your life!