Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death… – Philippians 3: 8 – 10 NKJV
We know that the acceptance of Christ is much more than just a lip confession but many at times we don’t know in a practical sense exactly how we ought to yield ourselves to Him daily. Firstly, to come into the fullness of Christ’s life we need to understand that we must be willing to let go of our most precious possessions; letting go not just as in a single, once-and-for-all action, but as a continuous act that must be perfected until it becomes a life pattern.
It is naturally easier to make external sacrifices and give up material things for the sake of Christ than to yield our less tangible elements such as our mind, will, emotions and desire to Him – but beloved, these inward elements are the most vital! So, we often find ourselves living from fulfilling one external obligation or item of service to the next, hardly finding time to reflect on the inward state of our being.
Let us carefully note Paul’s choice of words in the above verses. Paul did not say “I also have lost all things” – that would have been a lie if taken literally as he must at least have had a pair of sandals and clothing, he most probably had more. Paul said “I also count all things loss for the excellence of Christ”…”I count them as rubbish”. Paul here is not speaking about the external state of things around him, he is speaking about something way more critical – his heart attitude towards things. This is where true Christianity begins. It usually takes a while for individuals after coming to believe in Jesus to get through all the business, activities, and drunkenness of Christianity before they come to a place where they begin to pay close attention to the condition of their own heart and realize all the filthiness and self seeking that still lies within.
But beloved, this is a blessed place to be. It is the place where we begin to see the dark spots within our hearts that have been hidden from our own self-gaze but have never been hidden from the eyes of God. It is at this blessed place of insufficiency where we realize how little we have gained of Him that we can utter with sincerity that we are willing to count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ. At this blessed place of inward reflection and self illumination we will then be willing to sacrifice our own form of righteousness which has no bearing on our inward parts and begin to seek after the righteousness which is from God.
I pray that the spirit of truth will give you an accurate gaze at your inward state and that as you continue to yield to Christ, the power of Christ’s resurrection will be at work in you from this moment to raise your soul completely out of darkness in Jesus’ name. Amen