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. Philippians 3:8
Value, it’s something we add to the commodity we find most important to us. We might find our relationships to be of most value to us if there is a healthy balance between give and take, and if there is, there is a healthy exchange of work that goes into making our relationship work. But the question “what do you value?” extends to not just the earthly relationships we may have but also the things we find most important in our lives. So, what do you value? And once you’ve thought of your answer, think about this, is what you find most valuable worth losing to know Jesus? It’s very easy to find value and worth in a relationship that’s tangible; in the things that are seen than in things that are unseen. But if we woke up one day and were told we had to give it all up, how easy would we let go? Is the value of what we’re hesitant to let go of far more valuable than the value of knowing Christ? Paul, in his letter to the Philippians recounts to his readers that there is nothing greater than to lose everything to knowing Christ more. He valued his relationship with the Lord more than anything else in the world, so much so that he calls it rubbish. He was content with having lost everything because he knew where his value and strength came from, which is why he famously utters in Philippians 4:12-13, “ I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
But the question “what do you value?” extends to not just the earthly relationships we may have but also the things we find most important in our lives.
In the world we live in today, it’s very easy to become distracted and consumed with having easy access to everything on the tips of our fingers. And if we’re not careful we can lose sight of what’s important and that is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. When we find value in our relationship with Jesus everything else falls into place- love for God and love for our neighbor. Our relationship with Jesus should be of most value to us that it takes the place of all other things and relationships. When we value our relationship with Jesus we are putting Him first above all else, believing that there is nothing greater than Him alone. So as you begin and end your days, ask yourself these questions, “what do I value? And is it worth giving up to know Christ more?”
So as you begin and end your days, ask yourself these questions, “what do I value? And is it worth giving up to know Christ more?”