How’s your marriage? Your kids? Your job? Your home? Your car? Your TV? Your PC? How’s your life?
How’s your relationship with Jesus?
Paul makes an interesting statement in his letter to the Philippians. Paul considers everything in his life rubbish compared to,
“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.” Philippians 3:8
Whoa! Wait a minute, Paul. You mean everything is rubbish? EVERYTHING? RUBBISH? Then you say you want to know the power of His resurrection, and, the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death? V9-10.
“How is our relationship with Jesus?”
Paul was totally sold out to Jesus. Knowing Jesus was everything to him. Everything else in his life paled in comparison to His love and total commitment to Christ.
Now, your marriage means something. And you love your kids. Your home is home. Your life is valuable and worthy in service to the Lord. But if you put these things in a list of importance and priority, where would knowing and loving Jesus fall?
How well do we KNOW Him? How much time do we spend in His presence? How much time do we devote to meeting our needs rather than the needs of others?
When they asked Him what was the greatest commandment, Jesus replied,“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:38-40.
We don’t have Paul’s mission and purpose. But we are all commanded to love God and love others. I’ve got work to do. How about you?