“I consider everything a loss because of 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 and be found in him.”Philippians 3:8-9a
When I was an atheist, I sought meaning in my own accomplishments. My life had worth only insomuch as I attained significance and relevance. I sought meaning in my education, my personal appearance, my possessions, and the beautiful people I surrounded myself with. The experiences I had—whether that be travel to interesting places, excitement in activities like sailing or snowboarding, pleasure in fine dining, etc.—meant the world to me.
Now that I am a follower of Christ and truly grasp what He has done for me, these forms of significance seem to me like impressive sandcastles on the beach. They may be enjoyable for a time, but the waves are coming soon. Once I realized that my self-image was built on sand, it was a big loss for me. Letting go of my accomplishments was like saying goodbye to a long-time friend.
The race to gratify yourself will never end. Seek a deeper relationship with the only One whose applause matters. When you know the Creator of the Universe, you have something that can never be taken away.
“Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
Bible In A Year
- 1 Kings 15-16
- Proverbs 7
- Hebrews 9-10