“More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ”

What are the things in your life that are most valuable? 

We would all like to say with Paul that there is nothing more valuable in our lives than knowing Christ. But the truth is, we show what we value by the way we spend our time and money. 

If an outsider was assessing what is important to you based on the things you spend the most time and money on, what would they say? It is easy to put much value in something without even realizing it.

To say that everything is rubbish apart from Christ is a bold statement, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Paul knew that without Christ, everything else is worthless. We can afford to lose most things in our lives, even if the loss would be very painful. But there is only one thing that we absolutely cannot afford to lose.

Take time today to survey the things that you give time, money, and thought toward naturally. Where does your mind go when it begins to drift? What does this tell you about what you value? 

Meditate on Paul’s words as a reminder that there is nothing truly worth more than the knowledge of Christ in the gospel.

  • What do you show value to with time, money, or thought?
  • What action can you take to commit more of your resources toward the things that God says are valuable?
  • Make an honest list of the things in life that are most important to you. Ask God to help you prioritize Christ first in your life and to give you a healthy perspective of the other items.