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But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 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. (Philippians 3:7-8)
Previously I mentioned that Paul had very high qualifications as a Jew. He was a Pharisee, thought the most righteous of the Jews in his time.
But, today we notice that Paul thought of all of his credentials as garbage. The Greek word for “loss” (all three times) means damage. This is like the loss one suffers when their car is wrecked. The word for “rubbish” means garbage, but especially the kind we stay away from, like animal excrement. Basically, it’s anything worthless or detestable.
It took Paul a lot of hard work to attain what he did in Judaism. But, now he considers it just a steaming pile of … well, you get the idea.
That is a radical transformation. It is really hard to overstate this. Paul’s transformation was a HUGE change in his thinking.
So, what could make such a change? I previously referenced Acts 9. There, we are told that Paul was confronted with the risen and glorified Jesus.
He had to see Jesus face-to-face, at terrifying prospect. Thankfully, we don’t have to be confronted with reality the same way. At least not usually. Christ is not just almighty; He is also tender and kind. We are beckoned to join Him in His Church, rather than brazenly and crushingly confronted.
Please take Jesus up on his offer of salvation, if you have not already done so. And, if you have, spend more time with Him in prayer and reading His Word, the Bible. There’s no greater gift that can be offered!
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