People throughout the centuries have desired, plotted, envied, coveted, blackmailed, killed, warred, and sold their souls for the fleeting pleasures, riches, and empty praises of others. What a tragedy that many eagerly sacrifice everything for a mere “piece of the pie,” like Esau, trading blessings, honor, and inheritance for a mere bowl of soup.
If we are not careful, we can become so preoccupied with pursuing our dreams, accumulating money, desiring to be attractive, popular, or powerful that we neglect what truly matters.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? ~ Matthew 16:26
The glory of kings fade into oblivion. The wealth and prestige of the elite and powerful comes to an end eventually. Vain beauty and strength of youth eventually evaporate with time. And the applause of people, who can be so very fickle, eventually ceases. Nothing in and of this world is permanent, and none of these compares to the excellency of knowing Jesus Christ.
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him. ~ Philippians 3:7-9
My friends, today do you recognize the incredible privilege and excellency of knowing, and growing in the knowledge of, Christ? Or do you simply take it for granted—or worse, don’t recognize it at all?
Caedmon’s Call said it so well in one of their songs:
“This world has nothing for me, and this world has everything/All that I could want and nothing that I need” ~ from the song, This World
Jesus Christ does not come to fulfill our carnal, selfish, and destructive appetites; yet, He gives what the world cannot give: peace, contentment, agape love, and salvation. Still, even aside from these, nothing can compare to His beauty, splendor, and majesty.
The psalmist writes,
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. ~ Psalm 84:10
Friends, what is important to you, today? What is capturing your attention? Whatever it is, there is nothing greater or comparable to that of the knowledge of Christ and beholding His glory. Don’t trade the eternal for the temporal. Don’t surrender what is truly glorious for that which is merely sparkly. Don’t let anything contend with the surpassing worth of knowing Christ.
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