What Would You Give Up For Christ?
What would you give up for Christ? That’s the heart of what we discuss today. Last week we basically said that your resume’ doesn’t matter. Today it’s whether you would give everything up simply to know Christ. Paul did. He gave up everything on this resume’ to simply travel around the world proclaiming the Gospel. Once Paul realized who Christ was, he was all in.
Today we pick up with verse 7 through 11. Paul describes exactly where he is in relations to his resume’ now.
Paul writes, But whatever things were gain to me. The things that Paul had previously mentioned were gain to him at one point in his life. Prior to Christ, all of these things were what Paul derived his worth from. They were his resume’ and he was proud of it.
Paul continues, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Now Paul counts them as loss. They are not important to him. He does this for the sake of Christ. Christ is more important to him than anything else he could find on Earth.
He goes on to write, More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, Even more, Paul counts not only those things, but all things as loss. The center of his life is knowing Christ. Everything he is about is about Christ. Christ is the most valuable thing in life. Christ is Paul’s treasure.
Next he writes, for whom I’ve suffered the loss of all things, and count them rubbish so that I may gain Christ, Paul has given up everything to know Christ. He counts his resume’ and everything else rubbish so that he may gain Christ. Rubbish is a tame word. Excrement is a better word. All things are excrement compared to knowing Christ.
Paul continues, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, Based on Paul’s resume’, Paul would have based his righteousness on being the kind of Jew he was. He sought the Law to become righteous in God’s eyes.
Continuing, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God, Instead, now Paul has come to faith in Christ and his faith delivers his righteousness from God.
Next, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; Another reason that Paul counts those things loss is so that he may know Christ, the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to death. Paul’s grip on the world is continually lessening as He knows Christ greater every day.
Finally, in order that I might attain to the resurrection from the dead. What is Paul’s endgame? What is his ultimate goal? He seeks the resurrection from the day.
So what? That was good for Paul, but I’m not Paul, someone might say. Paul is describing what the life of following Christ is like. You might not have to give up a prestigious career path to follow Christ, but you will face losing something. The question that each of us has to answer is if we will follow through and count Christ more valuable than anything else.