I’ve been considering Paul this week. Actually, Saul.
In Philippians chapter 3 we see a glimpse of Saul’s life. It says that he was a Hebrew among Hebrews. He was a Pharisee (a highly respected teacher of the law). He was righteous according to the law. A persecutor of the church, which was considered noble and prestigious among his circle of friends.
Then, he gave it all up.
“But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Christ.” – Philippians 3:7
After a divine encounter with the Lord, Saul was given a new vision for his life… and the name, Paul.
He had tasted the worldly treasures of position, power, and prestige. Yet, he considered all of it rubbish compared to the riches of knowing Christ.
He spent the remainder of his life in the pursuit of knowing Christ and making Him known.
Reading this made me pause and consider…
I am sharing Paul’s greatest desire?
Am I willing to spend my life in exchange for knowing Christ?
Is He really worth more to me than all else?
Am I willing to give up my comforts, my rights, and my preferences to endure hardship and trial if it means knowing Him more deeply and glorifying Him more fully?
Jesus left His throne, lived a perfect life, died a horrible death, and then rose again all so that He may save us from the penalty of sin. He is worthy of our lives lived fully for Him.
Not only that, but He alone is the only one who can satisfy our deepest longings and desires. I spent many years of my life searching this world for some kind of purpose and worth. It only left me disappointed.
Our relationship with the Lord gives our lives value and meaning. Living for Him means seeking first His kingdom – in all things.
Lord, I know that I often allow other things to take hold of places in my heart that belong to You. Help me to remember to keep your kingdom and your glory as my first priority in my heart, mind, and actions.
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