Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. ~ Right before this verse, Paul makes a list of the things that he had accomplished in the religious circles of his time. He also spoke of the heritage that he had gained through birthright. But he says in this verse that everything he had gained or won in this life, he counted loss for Christ. Paul’s reality of Christ became so great that everything in this life lost its value. He came to an understanding that all this stuff on earth is temporal and doesn’t hold true value.
Once we come into encounters with Christ, everything begins to change. We gain a heavenly perspective that brings things into correct order. We begin to see and understand what God holds valuable, not what fallen man does. We begin to understand that the things of this world are temporal and will pass; we can’t take them with us. I have been saved for 20 years now and what I hold dear and count valuable is not the same things I did at the beginning of my journey. We can come into a place where Christ becomes so real to us that we begin to shed off things that hold no value and begin to set our focus on things that God places value on.
It is my prayer that the church awakens and comes into these encounters and understandings. Paul says in vs 8 that he counts all things but loss for the EXCELLENCY of the knowledge of Christ. When he came to understand that the greatest possession anyone could ever have was a knowledge and understanding of who Christ is, everything else lost its value. Where our treasure is, there’s where our heart will be also. I pray that we discover who Christ is in greater depths, that his reality would be far greater than any other reality that we might know and that we come to a place where we count all things but dung, that we may win Christ.