Morning Musing: Philippians 3:8

“More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them as dung, so that I may gain Christ…”‬ ‭(CSB‬‬ – Read the chapter)

What are you most proud of in this life? What is your prized possession? Those may or may not be the same thing, but that doesn’t matter right now. What is it that gets you the most excited? What if you lost all of that? Is there anything that could salve the wound and make it better? Would you ever be okay again without it? Paul here gives us the assurance that you could be. In fact, if you would count yourself a follower of Jesus, you should be.

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Digging in Deeper: Acts 20:24

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Have you ever been asked the conversation-starting question of with whom in history you would most like to have dinner?  I’ve heard several people answer that they would like to have dinner with Jesus because who wouldn’t want to have dinner with Jesus?  I’ll tell you who: Just about everyone who actually did.  From the various reports of people eating with Jesus in the Gospels, He would have been a terrible dinner guest. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: Philippians 3:8-11

“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, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith–that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

What would you be willing to do to get the thing you want most?  That kind of question appears in many different contexts.  But, its focus nearly every time is aimed at discovering the lengths to which someone is willing to go to achieve some highly desired end.  And most often, the kinds of things that are imagined for the person to do fall outside and even well beyond the borders of what was previously considered morally acceptable.  But, the goal is sufficiently desirable that violating previously held moral and ethical boundaries is seen as a worthy price to pay.  Consider the basic plot of a story like the Taken trilogy.  A man’s daughter is kidnapped and he makes clear to her kidnappers that he will stop at literally nothing to get her back safely.  The ends in this case justify the means deemed necessary to reach them. Read the rest…