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Everything Else

13 June 2009

Scripture:

7 I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God’s law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. (Philippians 3:7-9 NLT)

This is a season in which I find myself examining everything I have accomplished, everything I have, and all I am doing, and asking the question; “What really matters?”

Paul begins Philippians 3 listing out the things he considered important before he came to faith in Jesus Christ. Then in verse 8 he says, “Everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” It’s not that everything is worthless, it’s that it is worthless when compared to a vital relationship with Jesus Christ.

Sometimes I think, “What would life have been like if I had spent the same years building a business as I did as a missionary and pastor? Where would I be and what would I have to show for my work at this stage in my life?" So much of what I have now is very intangible. And here’s the scary thing about it – if I stop believing, I have nothing. The only way to have a sense of satisfaction and achievement about how I’ve spent the years of my life is to believe – to believe that Jesus is real, that God called me to do what I have done, and that eternity is what really matters. C.S. Lewis said, "Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done..."

But is that so bad? Paul goes on to say in Philippians 3:9, “.. I trust Christ to save me.” That’s really the key. I’ve chosen a life of faith and that choice requires that I reaffirm my faith at every stage of the journey. I choose faith when I look ahead, when I look at the present, and when I look at the past.

Prayer:

Father, I know this season of evaluation is good for my soul. I find some disappointments in myself, but no disappointment in you. As you continue to lead me to determine “What Really Matters,” more and more things seem to fall into the category of “Everything Else is Worthless.” With Paul, today “I trust Christ to save me.” Amen.

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