Read Philippians 3:7-11
Prior to coming to Christ, I lived a pretty indulgent life. I drank nearly every day, went shopping every week, spending most of the money I earned on food, booze, and clothes. And by clothes, I mean very expensive, beyond my means type of shopping. As in I went to NYC with friends for a week, opened a Bloomingdale’s card, and within seconds had racked up over $1,000, on two items: Chanel glasses and Louis Vutton purse.
I lived in the moment, for the moment.
My life was all about having fun, living wild, and buying whatever I wanted.
Until I came to know Jesus.
I came to know Jesus after losing my earthly father unexpectedly. We lost him in a moment, he was driving home and had a heart attack and in a split second was gone.
It turned our whole world upside down. This kind of loss shakes you to the core. It makes you rethink everything – everything you’re doing on earth and everything that you think about Heaven. It made me question my existence, my time on earth, who God is, and what happens after you die.
It was from this loss that I gained Christ.
I understood that all of these material things I had didn’t matter one bit in light of Christ. I realized that losing my earthly father, though painful, hard and awful, was nothing in comparison to gaining a Heavenly Father.
Something changed. While I once had so much freedom to spend my time however I wanted, I realized my time wasn’t my own. I once would spend money on anything and everything I wanted, I realized it wasn’t my money. I lived my life for myself, and realized my life was meant to be lived for Him.
I stopped spending my money and wasting my moments, and started giving. I stopped living for myself, and started to live with an eternal perspective. Because encountering the Living God will do that to you. What you once thought was important, fades in comparison to the beauty of Christ.
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him.” (v.8-9)
While I wish my story was written differently, I learned this foundational truth about God and His kind of life through this tragedy:
It’s in loss that we can truly gain Christ and be found in him.
1. What are the things Paul says he gains in Christ?
2. What does the word righteousness mean? How do we gain righteousness?
3. In comparison to all that you have or all that you’ve lost, is Christ your greatest treasure? Are their things that keep you from knowing the power of God and being found in Him?
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” -Jesus (Matthew 16:25)