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The Value of Our Faith

Philippians 3:8

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgAre there things in your life worth a great deal? I have a baseball card collection – from way back – that I treasure (it might not be worth much money but I treasure it). I had a first edition comic book collection – until my little brother – decades ago – sold them at a yard sale without my permission (who knows what they might be worth today).

Remember your first car/truck? What did you have to do to purchase it? Work extra hours – a second job? I remember the first car I bought with my own money. My dad signed for me – but I paid for it with my own money. The car – the insurance – the gas – the upkeep – all with money I earned.   I gave up a lot of social activities to work several part-time jobs while in school to pay for it.

In today’s passage – Paul writes about his faith and how valuable it is to him. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 3:7–11 – But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

What is our faith worth? What is the value of our faith to us today? Are we willing to do all things – and give up all things – so that our relationship with Jesus might flourish? What are we willing to do for our walk with Jesus?

We might do just about anything for our first car – our first home – our best girl/guy – our favorite activity. What are we willing to do for Jesus? Again – how much do we value our faith – our walk with Jesus?

Here is a passage that speaks to our hearts – our minds – our love for Jesus. Colossians 3:1–17 – 1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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September 8, 2014 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , ,

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