Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gaining Christ (Philippians 3:8) because he is the only thing the truly matters in life.

SCRIPTURE: Philippians 3:8 (TM)
Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant - dog dung. I've dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ

STORY as shared by Wilson O. Weldon:
Sir James Simpson, the discoverer of the anesthetic properties of chloroform and one of the most prominent scientists of his generation, was asked by a friend to name the most wonderful discovery he had ever made, and quickly came this reply: “The greatest discovery I ever made was the discovery I had a Saviour.”

What is the most wonderful thing that you know, have or experienced in this life? When we are asked that question we normally wax eloquently about our children and grandchildren. Sometimes we speak of our job or the church we serve or have served. Sometimes we shared something of the house we live in or the car we drive or maybe even, that last round of golf we played. Those responses are just normal … the road markers of our journey through this world.

What do we hope for? Some hope to win the lottery, especially when the jackpot grows to a sum of over $100 million. While others hope for good health or a good report from the doctor concerning the last series of medical tests that we’ve taken. Still others hope for a little of this or a little of that before the night is finished. And then there are those who just want to make a difference in this world.

There are times that on these lists would go such things as recognition, advancement, honors and/or praise. We are not really choosey. They make us feel good about ourselves. It feeds our psychic and brings a short-lived peace to our souls.

Underlining all of these things – important in their own right and nice to have/receive – is our relationship with Christ. Nothing else really matters … really, really! Nothing else matters. Oh, there are little things that seem to matter … for a while at least, but then we tire of them or get bored or move on to something else. They were just a passing fancy of our emotions … just something to fill the hole in our soul. It can almost be heard in the background of our life: “It’s all about Christ, stupid!”

When will we learn? How long do we have to live before we get it? What experiences do we need to have before it all starts to make sense to us? It is all about Christ – first, last and everything in between. Nothing else really matters. Nothing! It is the greatest discovery that we can make. Everything else is mere rubbish. To have Christ we gain everything.

We pray today that you, O Christ, will be central in our lives and central to it. Help us to live as if nothing else matters … because it doesn’t.

QUOTE by W. Russell Maltby, Christ and His Cross:
“Pilate could wash his hands of Jesus, but Jesus could not wash his hands of Pilate.”

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