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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 3:8
I find this verse challenging, don't you? Actually, it usually causes me to feel a sense of failure ~ I am miles from considering "everything a loss". In my head, I readily acknowledge that compared to what Christ has done for me nothing else can come close! How I live, though, doesn't reflect how Paul lived in this, not by a long shot. A great many things I hold on to, and haven't quite learned to count them a loss.
However, reading in context is always the best course and at the beginning of chapter 3 Paul says,"Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you." So if Paul wants us to rejoice in the Lord, I don't think it's his goal, or the Lord's, for us to be burdened and loaded down with our shortcomings when we run across verses like this. Instead, I think He's providing a lamp to our feet (Ps.119:105) for where He's taking us as He perfects the good work He's begun in us! (Phil. 1:6)
Learning to let go!
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