Philippians 3:7-8 NIV 2011
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 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.”
Paul continued his letter reminding the Philippians to be confident in the Lord not themselves. Much like his counterpart in Jerusalem, James who wrote in James 1:2, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” Paul himself was self-centered. In Acts 9:3-16 Paul met Jesus and his life was forever changed. Knowing Christ he was able to re-center his life on the Savior serving Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone.” All that Paul had before was worthless garbage. Lives centered on Christ are forever changed.
While a Damascus Road experience is not common, our lives change when we choose to follow Christ. As I age I find more changes taking place. Being a slave to sin has been my daily challenge. God’s Word is clear that even if we haven’t physically murdered anyone, we can murder someone with words. Gossip is a favorite pastime of Americans. Choosing to not participate is what Jesus would model. Centering my life on Christ has changed me forever.
What helps keep lives centered on Christ?
Together in Christ,