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What is your treasure!

August 29, 2017

 

What is your treasure? What is it that if you loose it, you will be so lost? We pursue many things in life hoping to gain a wonderful treasure.  We spend our lives in the pursuit of "things."  And once we have those things, we store them away for safe keeping. But there are moments when we're forced to stop and ask ourselves, "Is what I have really such a treasure, or is it nothing but trash?"  The apostle Paul was a man who once faced this difficult question.  Here's the conclusion he came to:

 

"I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.  Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ." (Philippians 3:7-8, NLT)

Paul says, "At one time, I had it all.  But the things that I used to think were important, I have weighed them, I have evaluated them, and I have come to the conclusion that they are absolute garbage compared to what I have in Jesus Christ."

What were those "things"?  In the first few verses of Philippians 3, Paul sets forth his credentials as a Jewish leader.  Paul says, "If you were to look at me, you would assume, 'Here is a man who has it all.  He has prestige, he has honor, he has power.  He has everything that a man could possibly want.'"

But, again, "I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done."  Everything he had as a Jew that he considered to be important, he re-evaluated and came to the conclusion that it really wasn't all that important.  "Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ." (3:8).

 

Now I understand that generally the things that are important to us are not the same things that were important to Paul, but they are "things" nonetheless.  Maybe we enjoy living in our dream house.  Maybe new clothes or jewelry excites us, maybe a new computer, maybe a new car.  Maybe making it big in sports is our pride, maybe being popular and well-liked.  Maybe those awards we've hung on our walls.  But when you take all these things and you compare them to our blessings in Jesus Christ, they're a pile of garbage, and we need to understand that.

 

In His Hands,

 

John-HE>i

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