Scripture for Today: Philippians 3:8 “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
We are getting ready for a big transatlantic move. Because we will be downsizing, there is quite a lot to sort through. After twenty five years in France, items have piled up in cupboards, drawers, armoires, and the attic. It is an emotional roller coaster to decide what is worth keeping and what I must let go. There are so many precious memories attached to so many things. The questions are endless. Will this fit in the smaller place? Will I someday regret throwing this? A particular object may not be my style, but I hang on to it because it was a gift from my kids. There are boxes and boxes of photos from pre-digital times.
Sifting through all the accumulated stuff has made me think of what Paul said in our verse for today. He counts everything as “rubbish” when compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ. The context is in reference to all his accomplishments in being a good Pharisee. His own efforts in earning salvation are only rubbish.
I do not feel guilty to have some attachment to my “things.” It is normal. But when I compare them to the treasure of knowing and loving Jesus Christ, then indeed, it is all rubbish. When I place that item in the box for the thrift store, I know that it makes no difference whatsoever when looking at eternity. Whatever it is, it will not last. Only two “things” will last forever; our souls and His Word.
Keep me focused, Lord, on what is really important!