READ : Philippians 3:1-16
I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (v. 8)
Paul’s testimony sounds different from the “gutter to Christ” stories we have often heard. Paul came to Christ as a high moral achiever. He was an Olympic gold medal winner in personal righteousness, a Mother Teresa or Albert Schweitzer of morality. Yet he regarded his trophies of self-righteousness as so much garbage compared to the glory of knowing Christ Jesus.
We work hard to accumulate credentials: degrees, honors, professional recognition, status, wealth. But when the Christ of the cross turns his gaze toward us the only thing we can cry is, “Lord, remember me when you enter your kingdom.” As the gospel song has it, “Nothing in my hands I bring; only to thy cross I cling; wash me Savior or I die.”
If God wanted to save us by adding up our achievements he would have sent a bookkeeper. Instead he sent a Savior. Laws, rules, regulations, rituals: they all have their value and place. But at the end of the day and the end of life they all fade away, while our relationship with Christ, by faith, shines as bright as the morning sun.
Dear God, fill me and help me value the simple joy that comes from knowing Christ my Lord.