“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.




Scripture Focus

Philippians 3:7-11

Insight

“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