This is a Lifeway Bible Study I get daily. This one really struck me because I love Paul so much. I love his story and how much he seems just like us. Read ahead for some biblical enlightenment.
Read Ahead: Philippians 3:3-10
I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8, HCSB
What matters to you more than anything else?
* Your family? Your friends?
* Your reputation? Your health?
* Your grades? Your achievements?
These are all good things. They should matter to you. But there’s one thing that should come before any of these–knowing Christ.
Before Paul was a Christian, he placed high importance on who he was and where he came from. He took great pride in his pure Jewish heritage, his excellent education, and his flawless behavior. His reputation in the community was everything to him.
Then he met Christ, and everything that used to be on the top of his priority list fell to the bottom. Once he experienced Christ, nothing else could come close! From the moment of his conversion, Paul sent everything else but Christ to the back of the line. As far as Paul was concerned–compared to the value of knowing Christ–everything in his life was as worthless as garbage.
Is knowing Christ that important to you? No one is asking you to stop loving your family, to hate your friends, or to harm your body. But knowing Christ more intimately should be the first item on your priority list. When you choose to place him first in your life, you’ll see everything else in its proper perspective. You can sign up to receive this Lifeway devotional at this link.
What does this kind of attitude mean in practical terms, in day-to-day life?
Read Up: 1 Timothy 1:12-17, 2 Timothy 2:8-13
This devotional is courtesy of TQ.