What is a Win? And What is Loss?
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. (Philippians 3:7)
Paul grew up in one of the most well-connected families in all of Israel. His lineage was impressive even to the most well-to-do of Jewish society. He had the most excellent education available to a Jewish man in those days with opportunities to branch out into any vocation or sector that he decided. Paul also had credentials from the religious elite that vouched for his holiness.
Wouldn’t anyone love a life filled with such opportunities and connections? It would mean greater possibilities, increased wealth, and a higher standard of living than most people could ever dream of having.
Yet, Paul says he counted all of his advantages and grand accomplishments as a loss for Christ. Think about it this way. Paul placed two things on a scale: one was a life of popularity and piety, filled with great feats and experiences; the other was what it means to have a relationship with Jesus.
Paul explained to the church that when he compared all of the good things in his life to what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus, those good things didn’t even remotely win. Knowing Jesus outweighed every other thing.
The most important thing in life is not what the awards we win, the books we sell, or the size of the fortune we amass. The most important thing is knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Practical Application – Spend time with God in prayer today and tell Him what an honor and privilege it is to know Him. Spend time in thanksgiving and praise, not for things He provided, but simply because He has made you His child.
Matthew 6:33; Mark 8:36