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"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, NIV.
Paul The Apostle who wrote these verses had much to louse for the sake of Christ. He was something in his community; he was a social, political, and religious leader with influence and status. He had a good family, a good heritage, and a place on the inner circle of things. His education was the best one could have gotten under the great teachers of his day. He was a born citizen of Rome; he had rights and privileges that others wished for. If you spoke his name people would say, "Yea, he is up there. He has it all."
He had all the world could offer yet he considered it all loss. To consider something is to take stock of something, to think it through, to carefully weigh it in your mind and turn it over and over. Paul having done such ponderous thinking came to the conclusion that knowing Jesus is worth it all.
He goes on further to say that knowing Jesus is the surpassing greatness. He means that knowing Jesus is over, above, and better than all those things put together. He is saying that knowing Jesus is bigger, better, grander, richer, more noble, more gratifying, more rewarding, more satisfying, more wonderful than all the things he had.
PAUL ACTED ON HIS WORDS
Paul does not make academic idealistic statements, his experiences back up his words. He lost status in his community, sacrificed his reputation, he was disowned by his countrymen and his citizenship. He became poor, destitute, friendless, abandoned, betrayed, shipwrecked, stoned, flogged, left for dead, beaten with rods, and imprisoned. In fact, he wrote the letter to the Philippians from a prison and sometime later he paid the greatest price, martyrdom, all to know Jesus. Having experienced these things he speaks as one who has no regrets.
What are we willing to give up to know Jesus? What price are we willing to pay to have Jesus in our lives as Lord? Some of us can't make it to worship one hour a week or spend a few minutes for Bible reading. Many of us can't give small change for Jesus let alone our tithe. May the Apostle Paul be an example to us. May we know Jesus even a fraction as Paul did- it would revolutionize our lives.
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(c)Adron Dozat 10/21/11