Scripture for Today: Philippians 3:8 “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.”
The horses that qualify to race in the Kentucky Derby must be the best of the best. But I never knew this distinction would extend to their feces! But apparently for some, owning a jar of the stuff is a rare privilege, that is if one is willing to spend 200$ a jar! The special “nugget” is covered in resin to preserve it on some lucky owner’s mantle. I guess one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure!
Today’s verse presents a huge contrast between what is valued in life and the superior worth of knowing Christ personally. Paul had it all. His background was stellar as a righteous, educated and privileged pharisee. He was full of religious zeal and entrusted with a mission. He had the admiration and respect of the world of his day. But compared to having a relationship with Jesus, he considered it garbage.
Paul found that making his relationship with Christ his goal far outweighed any satisfaction the world could give him. When I have that same goal, my whole perspective changes. When I weigh the value of knowing Him against any of my accomplishments or possessions, the choice is clear. He is eternal and making Him the priority has eternal benefits. I do not want to be lured away from Him by all that glitters. I want to let go of what will keep me distracted and far from Him. He is worth far more than all else. “You can have all this world. But give me Jesus.”
Thank you Lord, for the precious value of knowing You.