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3/23/16: Believers consider all things as lost

Published: Wednesday, 23 March 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

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 greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.   Philippians 3:7-8

Paul wrote these words as a summary of his life after he had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  These verses are extremely difficult to live out in our lives today as Believers in America.  We desire everything in our lives today to be a gain.  We always want to be on the positive side of obtaining wealth.  It is the culture that we live in.

When a person accepts Christ, there begins a journey for that person to begin thinking spiritually instead of worldly.  The verses above are clear that whatever a Believer thinks was valuable before they became a Christian is now considered as a loss in their life.  This is definitely out of this world thinking.  Many of us become prideful over our children, or our homes, or our cars, or our job title.  All of these things have been replaced with the simple fact of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord.  This should be a common purpose for all Believers as we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us to transform the way we think.  Many Christians do not consider what all will happen to them when they accept Christ.  This transforming of the mind is huge to become a living witness for God.

 

Consider those people who track the stock market on a daily basis.  They are driven to always be gaining.  When the market declines, they begin to panic and do everything they can to reduce the loss.  What do you think Paul’s perspective of the stock market would be?  Suppose Paul invested in the market and experienced a loss.  I tend to think that it would not bother him in the least bit, because his life’s focus was on Christ.  He would call his loss “rubbish.”  I know some of you are saying, “But that’s my life savings!”  Read those words again and ask how your life is saved.  It is saved by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, not by how much money you have in a portfolio of stocks.  Your mind should begin a transformation from worldly thinking to spiritual thinking.

Another aspect of our lives today is the market value of our homes.  Only in America could the perceived value of your home dictate your value in society.  The bigger, the fancier, and the more landscaped your home is, the “wealthier” you will appear to others.  If Paul owned one of those houses, how would he view it?  He would probably downsize to fit his lifestyle.  (In his case, it would likely be a tent.)  

Read the verses above again and you will find that the transforming of your mind will result in your considering your house as no longer a possession of yours.  There is nothing wrong about anyone’s house and the cost of that house.  There is something wrong if we have set our hearts on appearing “well-off” because of our homes.  Our hearts should be focused on Christ and those things in heaven, not the things of this earth.  Allow your mind to begin to seek the eternal possessions that God has given you. 

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