Losses and Gains

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage., 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 is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. Philippians 3:7-9

It isn’t easy to lose everything and feel good about it. In this verse, Paul says that he counts everything a loss, in contrast to the faith he found in Christ.

Life is difficult. It has severe trials, enough to shake the ground beneath us, and cause us to crumble in a heap on the floor. It is there, that we can lift our eyes to Jesus, and find hope and comfort and help.

If there was not a great need, it is possible we would not seek a great Savior.

We don’t call emergency services, unless we have a real need. For a Christian, when we call upon Jesus, He is our help in times of trouble. We can be sure He hears us according to 1 John 5:

14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

Paul also says, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” Paul found the secret to being content in all things.

Lord, help us to focus on You. When Peter left the safety of the boat, and wanted to follow you, he was met with boisterous wind and waves. He took his eyes off of You, and started to sink. When he cried out for help, You immediately reached out to help him. We lose faith too, when we start to get distracted with cares and troubles. Paul realized that everything is a loss compared to the knowledge of You. Keep us near You. Help us when we fall. Protect us from deception and distractions in this world. Thank You! Amen.



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