All that we have said up to this point over the last three days is meaningless unless we understand the value of the prize; the reward. What was it in Paul’s mind and heart that made him run this race so hard and with such determination? Read carefully the verse below.
“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” (Philippians 3:8). Let’s break this verse down into some phrases that give a window into Paul’s heart.
· “surpassing worth” – something of exceptional value that really can’t be measured in human terms. It points to something far superior in every respect.
· “knowing Christ Jesus” – this is an intimate personal knowledge of the person that can only be gained through close communion and conversation. For Paul, it began on the Damascus road and continued to grow richer and more real as time passed. “My Lord” confirms that this relationship was not merely objective (an idea), but very personal through experience.
· Everything else in Paul’s life he could “count…as rubbish.” It was worthless, unwanted trash that would only hinder his pursuit or obtaining the prize if he gave them any value.
· He had only one goal; “in order that I may gain Christ.” It was like making the greatest investment possible because it would bring the greatest return and reward.
My desire is to inspire you to invest in the same thing Paul did – “Christ Jesus my Lord.”
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