Friday, October 3, 2008

Value Less

Great devotional that I received today! It is from one of my favorite pastors, Ed Young.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ... Philippians 3:7-8

Value is defined as worth and usefulness. And in today's world, we place value on so many things—possessions, prestige, education, relationships. These are the kinds of things that we want to hold onto. And when someone, anyone, challenges them or their value in our lives, we immediately go on the defensive. We are willing to stand up and fight for them.

Yet, none of these come close to the value of a personal relationship with Christ. In fact, Paul tells us in this passage that these things are actually considered a loss. Not because they are worthless, but because they can distract us from focusing on Jesus.

It's okay to have possessions and prestige and education and relationships. But when these things begin to distract you from your relationship with Christ, they become a detriment. Don't place higher value on the things in your life than you do on the Savior of your life.

A Prayer for Today

Dear God, I know that you have blessed me with so many things. And I thank you for everything you have given to me. But I also ask that you help me remember that those things are not nearly as valuable as my relationship with Christ. Help me to focus on you and to keep your Son and keep him as the true focus of every day. It is through His name that I pray, Amen.