Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
(Philippians 3:7 (NIV))
Are you willing to say the words that Paul spoke?
Are you willing to give up all that you have that is of this world for the sake of Jesus Christ?
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
(Philippians 1:21 (NIV))
Paul was committed to living for Jesus. He was willing to give up everything, including his own life, so that others would know of the saving grace that is only available through the atoning blood of Jesus.
This is one hundred and eighty degrees opposite of what Paul was doing to the early church before his Damascus Road experience. Sometimes it takes a huge revelation to turn someone around so that they live for Christ. It seems that many times the bigger the conversion experience, the more boldness, the more dedication to living for Jesus a person has. In Paul’s case, he was, in his own words, a Pharisee. He was, by his own admission, guilty of persecuting the Body of Christ. He willingly gave up his position in society and in the Temple to spread the Gospel.
Paul realized that whatever he had in this world was worthless in comparison to having Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
What did Paul give up?
What did Paul gain?
What are you willing to give up in order to gain what Paul gained?
What in this world is worth more than Jesus?