Today’s Scripture — 11.9.2014
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of 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. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. ~ Philippians 3:7-10
Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. ~ The Message paraphrase
Saul had it all.
Status. Education. Some impressive DNA. A rock-star resume. Ambition. Clout. And this incredible ability to follow all the rules, like a soldier. “Faultless,” he once called himself.
But then, he got knocked to the ground. And he couldn’t see for a few days after.
Sometimes, a face-plant into the dirt is the best way to humble the hurried and the harried.
Saul met Jesus. Down there in the dirt. That changed everything.
Suddenly? His resume and degrees could have been turned into bird-cage liners, for all he cared. “I consider them garbage,” he said.
His credentials? Dog dung.
His prestige? Garbage.
“I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,” Mr. Face-Plant wrote.
He traded clout for Christ. He traded personal safety, for a personal Savior. He traded legalism, for the unfailing love of the Lord. He even traded his name: Saul became Paul.
What about us?
What could we trade up for Christ? Maybe we all need a little face-plant, a few days of blindness, to begin to really see straight.
What is God telling you, while you’re there in the dirt?
Look. Look how God’s not stingy in the trade. Look how He takes our dog dung, and gives us Heaven. See how He takes our garbage, and gives us grace.
He doesn’t ask for our faultless legalism, our good name, our polished performances, our overcommitted schedules, or our half-baked intentions.
He asks for our hearts.
And in exchange?
He gives us His.
Happy Sunday, friends. May you live PreApproved today. Love, Jennifer
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