“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 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” – Philippians 3:7-8
It’s all rubbish. Trash. Garbage. Waste.
Whatever you want to call it – it’s not worth having. What is worth having is Christ.
Nasser begins today’s lesson with Paul, the man who God used to write most of the New Testament. He was a prosecutor of the Church. Even though he was raised in a Jewish household, he was one of the most zealous people at that time – but for the wrong reasons. Until he met Christ.
For most of us, if we look hard enough, we can see bits and pieces of ourselves with Paul’s dramatic meeting of Jesus. However, it’s not the conversion experience that matters – some people will never have an experience like Paul’s – mine wasn’t. What does matter is the life we live after we meet Christ.
The Paul before his conversion was a powerful man; he had prestige, possessions, and power – and he enjoyed it – but he found that after his conversion, they were actually hindrances to him (Nasser, day 10).
“What we think are treasures is ‘rubbish’. They are, indeed, waste, when we compare them to the ‘surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.’”
As we continue on this Lenten journey, I pray that God is working within you (as He is me) to remove the “Rubbish” that has accumulated over the years. Let us be like Paul, who said, “Who Cares” to the things of this earth; who said, “So What” to the all the fame and fortune. Those things didn’t matter – as long as he had Christ. Paul, Nasser writes, “found a way to be content – not in outward things but in Christ alone – and Christ never changes.”
So, What is your “rubbish?”
Until Monday, continue memorizing Galatians 2:20.
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