Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” vss, 7-8aPhilippians 3:4b-8a
For many, success in life is measured by net worth at the time of retirement. They want to have enough socked away to ensure a comfortable lifestyle throughout their golden years. With that as a goal they choose lucrative jobs or vocations and devote themselves to earning as much as they possibly can during their working years. For others, making a lot of money just isn’t that important. They sense that there are other values that bring much more satisfaction. Paul obviously falls into that category. He had discovered that there was nothing more valuable than knowing Christ. We know folks like that. They live among us. Some are in our congregations. One way of describing such people is to say that they have a moral compass that points directly at the person of Jesus Christ. And everything they do or say is influenced and directed by that deep sense of allegiance and trust. It’s more important than their political or economic convictions and it will carry them through every season of their lives. There is nothing that they have that is more valuable. In fact, they could lose everything and remain content. It’s a mystery why more people don’t carry the Christ card in their heart–it’s easier to get and far more precious than even a Visa or a MasterCard!
Thought for the Day: What is my moral compass?