Would you give up your car, home, or any of the other privileges of life for Christ sake? Better yet, are you willing to go to prison for spreading the gospel? Apostle Paul was, and we should be as well. This brings us to our key text coming out of Philippians 3:7 — 8 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
“7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.”
In his letter to the Philippians, Apostle Paul expresses his earnest dedication to Christ and the ministry of the gospel. In modern words, Paul says, “Those things I had gained, I willingly gave up for Jesus’ sake — not just the niceties of life but everything.” Paul did not just give up Starbucks or an iPad and downscale from a house to an apartment. He tells us that he literally lost everything when he went to prison for preaching the Word of the Lord. Just imagine how difficult that had to be. Think about how we whine when we go all day without our cell phone because we accidentally left it at home. What kind of self-pitying condition would we be in if we didn’t have something as basic yet essential as freedom? According to the text, it also appears to be implied that Paul did not even bother to mourn his losses. He “counted them but dung.” More bluntly stated, he valued his losses as nothing more than toilet-flushable . What Apostle Paul realized, and what we must also realize, is that serving our Heavenly Father has rewards far greater than anything we can attain here on earth. All those earthly things? We must be willing to give it all up for Christ. If Jesus can give His life for us, it is the least we can do.
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