The scripture for today, March 8 (3/8), is Philippians 3:8 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“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.”
Wow! Paul, who wrote this, apparently came from a well-to-do family since he was born in today’s Turkey but went to school in Jerusalem. He also apparently held a position in the Jewish ruling body, the Sanhedrin, since he could vote on whether to execute someone. So, he probably owned a lot of things and had an honored position.
But now, he considered everything he had previously owned and every position he had ever held as rubbish ~ garbage ~ compared with belonging to his Lord. The King James Version of the Bible says he considered it all as dung ~ manure.
Where are your priorities? What do you spend most of your time on? The stuff you just have to own, exciting things you just have to do, the power you just have to claim? All to enhance the little inch of your life on earth?
What if a storm destroyed your house, your car, and all your stuff tomorrow? What if you were banned from a sport you love tomorrow? What if a rumor destroyed your career with all its power tomorrow? Then what?
Do you think you would consider suicide as so many of the wealthy did during the Great Depression? Or could you consider the deep and unconquerable love of Christ Jesus your Lord the most valuable thing in your life? Could you accept your loss, take advantage of it, and unleash a different kind of life for Jesus with no regrets?
PAUL: THE UNSTOPPABLE was obsessed with Jesus and obsessed with telling as many people as possible how to not go to hell. He gave up everything and walked thousands of miles, endured beatings of priests who were afraid he was going to destroy their religion, went without food, was in shipwrecks, and on and on, always crying out, “Jesus! This is for you!” To READ NOW, click a picture or paste this: https://amzn.to/2Tv5mav
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