Do you own have any possession that you consider to be very valuable? What is it? Is it valuable because of its function or the price tag that was attached to it? The biggest question though is what determines value to you?
Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all
things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.
Paul speaks about how he has counted as loss some things that where gain to him..this statement was a follow up to his words in the previous verses (Phi 3:3-6) where he mentioned that we ought to have no confidence in the flesh .This verse is further expounded on by the amplified Bible to mean we should not have confidence or dependence on what we are, outward privileges and physical advantages. He argues how if however he would want to have confidence in these he has a good basis for it, and he goes on to explain his background and what he used to do. He says such things that used to be gain for him, he now considers loss that he may gain Christ. The word “loss” is somewhat connected to value in the sense that to suffer the loss of something it must have meant something, and must have been considered valuable.
Man in his fallen state is vulnerable to a lot of dangers. One of those dangers is our false measure of value. We see it in more and more in today’s world. People are sometimes blind when it comes to determining what is really valuable and important. Things that are supposed to matter like God, family, morality etc are very underrated in the society. It is no surprise that when it comes to judging our most prized possession we sometimes overlook our souls.
It is also interesting to note that of all the things that Paul mentions none of it was beneficial to his soul. Therefore he is letting us know that those things that he once held on to, things that he used to wrongly consider to be important, the things he used to give his time and energy to, he now knows they are nothing but dung. He has therefore decided to let go of them because they add no value to his soul.
The true measure of value is not in any other currency but the currency of our souls.
Sometimes to recognise and perceive the true meaning of value….we have to let go of some things. So while the word “loss” implies value…it also “implies letting go”. This principle of letting go is taught and repeated in the lives of some key people in the scriptures;Abraham: He was called to leave his native home on the basis of a promise that God gave him. He had to let go of the comfort of life where he was and how he knew it. This was he beginning of the promise and patriarchs dispensation.
Israelites: the children of Israel had to leave Egypt to go to the land God promised them. They had to leave their establishments in Egypt and go where God would lead them. Moses also chose to let go of all that he could have in Egypt so that he could lead his people from slavery. This was their beginning of freedom and fulfillment of God’s promise to make them a people.
The disciples: the disciples whom Jesus chose all had to leave their professions, they had to let go of what they used to do and used to be ,so they could follow Jesus. Their close fellowship with Jesus was the beginning of the founding of the church as we have it now.
Note how all these people had to let go of some things and were then ushered into the beginning of something special from God.
And again I say unto you,it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle ,than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
This scripture is often associated with riches in terms of money only, but is it applicable even for our hearts and minds. If we are rich with things that are not necessarily from God, then it will be hard for us to enter into the kingdom of God. If we have set our minds to think according to the world’s way of thinking, if we have set our hearts after the desires of this world, and if that is what fills our lives and that is the wealth we have stored in your minds and hearts, instead of the wealth of God’s word and truth, then it will be hard to walk in the ways of God and to partake of what he has to offer us. We have to let go of things that are holding us back from entering into the kingdom of God.
Whenever we are ready to do take care of business God is always ready too, and His offer is excellent, if we are willing to invest in what really matters and let go of things that add no value to our souls He is also ready to talk. If we want to talk investment in terms of quality and time then he is also offering that;
Quality: righteousness, peace, joy, love, hope, mercy, grace.
Time: eternity, not salvation for just 10 years but eternity with Him.
So Deal or no deal?