But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 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 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith- that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.Philippians 3: 7-11
As next week begins, we’ll start with a new emphasis on these daily emails, so let me wrap up these thoughts with a song that has reached deep within my own life. These words paraphrase much of what Paul wrote in the third chapter of Philippians 3: 7-11. I remember playing this song by Matthew Ward over and over in my car when I first heard it more than ten years ago.
All I once held dear built my life upon All this world reveres, and wars to own All I once thought gain I have counted loss Spent and worthless now, compared to this Knowing you, Jesus knowing you There is no greater thing You're my all you're the best You're my joy, my righteousness And I love you ,lord Now my heart's desire is to know you more To be found in you, and known as yours To possess by faith what I could not earn All surpassing gift of righteousness Oh to know the power of your risen life And to know you in your suffering To become like you in your death my Lord So with You to live And never die
Paul counted everything as absolutely worthless compared to knowing – really knowing – Christ. This is deeper than merely agreeing with the truth of Scripture. Paul let everything go – his position, his power, his education – everything for his affection for Christ.
Paul was determined that nothing would get in the way of his relationship with the living Christ. It is quite an example to follow. This is why Paul could say, “be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” ( 1 Corinthians 11:1).