There comes a time in the life of a sojourner where we must ask, what am I willing to give up to know more of Christ?
This isn’t some Get Holy Quick! scheme or how unworldly can I look to my peers, but a true, humble reflection of a life that desires to know Christ.
The heart begins to stir and awaken to the beauty and wonder and power of who Jesus really is and when the inward eyes shift and flutter open to a new knowing, the heart is grasped with new affection.
We loosen our grip on all we have, all the world offers to us.
We read Paul’s words in Philippians and quiver, “Give me that passion, that joy.”
We look at the confidence we’ve put in our flesh and say, “No more.”
Instead, we begin to say,
“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.”
Possessions, position, power? Comfort, convenience, control? Wealth,
What are we willing to lose to live as Christ?
And if we remembered, all the world’s splendor and glittering gold is but trash in comparison, what then?
Will we throw it away and hold to Him who is our righteousness? Or will our fists clench tighter and our hearts say, “The next life is yours, this one is mine, Lord”?