“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for who sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” Philippians 3:8
Getting things, knowledge, or abilities is the focus of most people. Some of those things are not necessarily bad in and of themselves. It is not bad to desire a nice house for your family, or a good running vehicle, or the talent or education to do a job. These things can be good.
However, some people go for these things in the extreme. Their whole life focuses on getting some of these things. Men and women will put in eighty hour work weeks in order to get the next promotion, so that they can get more money, so that they can purchase that newest car or house. Others will go the extra thousands into debt in order to get a title behind their name. Parents often push their children in school so that they can get into a prestigious college. All of these things can be good, but are they what God wants?
Paul had been a great leader among the Pharisees of his day. He had great schooling, knowledge and position. Yet, now he states that it is all garbage in light of knowing Jesus more.
How much do you want to know Jesus? What do you do that takes your time away from knowing Jesus more?
This time stealer can be anything from shooting for that position at work, to just spending time on Facebook or other social media. What is more important to you? Spending time socializing, doing a hobby, working? Or getting to know Jesus more?
You get to know Jesus more by spending time with Him. Take more time to read and study the Bible. Take more time to spend in prayer and worship of Jesus. All these other things may be good, but they are temporary. Be like Paul in seeing all these things as just garbage getting in the way of knowing Jesus.
Everyone throws out the garbage and wants nothing to do with it. Will you allow garbage to get in your life? Seek Jesus. He is worth it. Knowing Him is the greatest thing you can ever do or have.
I pray today that you will know Jesus more and more; that you will spend more time to know Jesus than with anything else; that God will strengthen and provide for you as you get to know Jesus more; and that you will draw closer to Jesus each day.