Philippians 3:8 More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.
When Paul said he had suffered the loss of all things he was not stretching the truth. We first read of him as Saul in Acts 7 when he was present for the stoning of Stephen. He was a Pharisee so he had influence, money, and even power over life and death. (Acts 8:3) But on the road to Damascus Christ put him on his knees and Saul had to choose between the things of the world or follow Christ. Saul discovered the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus was worth more than anything else in his life. His name is changed to Paul to reflect the change in his life.
That same choice still exists today. We must choose if we are going to seek the things of the world or Christ Jesus. We must choose, are we going to worry about what we have, what we want or what Christ is calling us to do. Are we seeking glory on earth or glory in Heaven? Only you can decide where you choose to focus. This is an individual decision for each of us. No one can make it for us. As Joshua said: “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…” Joshua 24:15
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