“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 3:8
The craziness and busyness of life can sometimes cause us to make certain things a whole lot more important than they really are. What I mean by this is that we can get so worked up about some things that we think are problems and then miss what is truly important.
When I got too consumed with things that did not matter it always seemed that God would send me a reminder of what is truly important. Over the summer, I was in Orlando, Florida when the young toddler was snatched and killed by the alligator at Disney. God reminded me through that tragedy to celebrate every moment of every day with the ones that I love and not to focus on all the things that this world would have me to chase.
If we are going to make our lives count, we must recommit ourselves on a regular basis to what really matters. The Apostle Paul does just that in Philippians 3:8 when he says that nothing else matters when compared to the value of knowing Jesus Christ as Lord.
I believe we all need to stop and consider on a frequent basis what we really boast about in our lives. Is it our jobs, our hobbies, our net worth, or anything other than knowing God that consumes us? For an honest appraisal of this, maybe we should ask our children. What would our children say really matters to us? The answer to this question will determine what really matters to us.
Dr. James Merritt once said: “The culture of a person, family, or society is determined by what is celebrated and what is disciplined.” What do you celebrate today? What do you spend time disciplining or preparing yourself for?
My heart’s desire is that I would celebrate and champion knowing Christ above all else in my life. I want my family to see this in me. I want to celebrate that very same thing in my children. One of my greatest memories as a child was to watch my dad each day reading and studying his Bible. I saw him discipline himself in the practice of getting to know God above all else. I also saw the fruit of him knowing God in the way he loved and raised me.
By his daily example, I saw what mattered the most to him. Not long before he passed, he sent me a card that I have kept to this day in which he celebrated me for pursuing God as my priority. That card still reminds me to this day that, just as Paul said in Philippians 3:8, everything else outside of knowing God is not what matters.
I pray that God will speak to each of you through this verse and remind us all of what really matters!