Philippians 3 Verse 8

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ[1]

            There are two realities we face in life, do we want the things of the world, or do we hold out for something greater in Jesus Christ? Paul asserts here that he is in fact pushing all the treasures of this world to the side, there is no desire in his heart to pursue them. He would rather sacrifice everything for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Early translations of the word rubbish in fact was “dung” showing that all things in Paul’s eyes are not only repulsive, but ceremonially defiling before God. If something attempts to come between him and Jesus, he flings it away in disgust, because he holds to knowing that nothing can surpass the worth of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord. This behavior should be what we hold to as well. While the pursuit of a career and stability are not evil, the desires of our heart can lead to sin. Would we rather put truth in the riches and promises of this world, which is nothing more than a counterfeit that Satan has created or would we put our truth in Christ Jesus?

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Php 3:8). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.


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