7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Prior to this passage the Apostle Paul is listing off his religious accomplishments. His religious obedience of circumcision, his human efforts to obey the law, his strictest obedience to follow Jewish law perfectly and his zealous persecution of the church.
All these he now realises are nothing “counting them as garbage” when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. His encounter with Jesus Christ transformed his heart, his mind and then his actions.
All of a sudden all of our actions even our good ones are now really worthless compared to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. Whatever we do is not for religious gain or “points”, it is just measured by love. Whatever we do for Christ and His church is because of His love.
What strikes me in this passage is there is “no pass mark”. All it is, is about being adopted into his family and loving and caring for the family. Laying our lives – everything – down for the message and cause of Jesus Christ.
Ultimately, we know when what we say, do and live, shows to others that we look more like Jesus that our true selves.
Our world needs to see the Gospel before they hear the Gospel.
Lord, thank you for wanting to use us to expand your Kingdom. It is a privilege to know you and live for you. Help us Lord to listen to you and to follow your guidance. Help us to look more like YOU. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta