READ : Philippians 3:1-21
For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things. (v. 8)
What might a life of total surrender to Christ look like? Consider the life of the
apostle Paul. Here was a man who had everything the world thought was best, but he gladly
gave it all up in order to follow Christ. Paul’s education, status, background,
possessions, family, even his religion, all counted as nothing to him “because of the
surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (v. 8).
Coming to know Christ and loving him with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength
will drastically alter our lives. This love for him is what enables us to surrender all to
him. Nothing else matters compared to him. This is why Paul could say, “But whatever gain
I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ” (v. 7).
Another man who understood this well was renowned theologian Jonathan Edwards. He could
say, “I have been before God, and have given myself, all that I am and have, to God; so
that I am not, in any respect, my own.” But as missionary martyr Jim Elliot observed, to
give what you cannot keep (your life) in order to gain what you cannot lose (Christ) is
not a bad bargain.
Lord, help us to see all else as loss to be surrendered, compared to you.